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Dental Grading

No Nasty Surprises!

  • We use a Dental Grading system from 0 to IV, making it easier to understand the condition of your pet’s teeth and gums.
  • For simplicity, if your pet needs dental treatment, there will be a set fee based upon the level of the grade of your pet’s teeth and gums.
  • For more general information on Dental Care see 7 Steps to Good Health.

 The Dental Grades and What It Means

  • Grade 0 Clean and unremarkable, gums nice and pink. Professional Intervention: None, keep up the good work!
  • Grade 1 Early signs of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums).  There will be a small degree of staining on the teeth and the gums next to the teeth will have a small amount of light red discoloration, but no regression. Professional Intervention: Scale and polish and clean under the gum line to prevent any further damage.
  • Grade 2 Begin to see significant inflammation (redness) of the gums.  In addition, the gums will begin to smell and even recede slightly from the teeth. Professional Intervention: Scale and polish and clean under the gum line to prevent any further damage.
  • Grade 3 Significant inflammation and swelling of the gums , but also developed receding gum lines and early bone loss around the teeth. Professional Intervention: Remove any unstable teeth, scale and polish and clean under the gum line to prevent any further damage.
  • Grade 4 All of the signs of Grade 3 but in addition there may be pus-like discharge and some of the teeth will be loose. Professional Intervention: Remove any unstable teeth, scale and polish and clean under the gum line to prevent any further damage.

 Benefits of Professional Care

  • We use similar instruments as human dentistry.
  • We clean all sides of every tooth.
  • We clean below the gum line as well.
  • Professional care highlights areas that have pockets, loose, missing, discoloured or fractured teeth.
  • Even humans who brush twice daily (let’s hope) need professional care.