Mosman Vet Blog

Jul 12

Written by: Mosman Vet
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 

See information below about our Dental Care Promotion- August & September 2017 

Dental disease is one of the most common problems affecting our pets, with recent data suggesting 85% of pets over the age of 3 years have some degree of periodontal disease – no surprise really given that our furry friends do not brush their teeth! Not only does dental disease cause bad breath, pain, loss of teeth and poor appetite, it can also contribute to heart disease and kidney disease which explains why Vets take dental health so seriously. All pets should have their teeth examined every year at their general health check. 

  1.  What are the best ways to keep my pets teeth clean? What can I do at home?

Daily tooth brushing with a soft child’s tooth brush with a pet specific tooth paste is the gold standard and most effective way of removing plaque from teeth. Aside from that, mildly abrasive diets and dental chews can help. The average pet needs a professional dental assessment, and at least a scale and polish every 2 years.

  1. Instead of a full dental can’t we just pick off the viable tartar?

Dental disease is like an iceberg, with the main issues actually occurring below the gum line, where we cannot see it. Tartar and plaque that coats the external tooth surface will also extend to coat the tooth underneath the gum line, and is this tartar which causes big problems. Tartar under the gum contains bacteria and causes inflammation that, if left untreated, eats away at the bone that holds the teeth in place. During a real scale and polish, the Vet removes not only the visible tartar on the tooth’s surface, but also the invisible plaque layer and all of the tartar, plaque and bacteria in the gum pockets. The polishing after a clean also smoothes the surface of the teeth and makes it harder for tartar to come back quickly.

  1. Why do Vets and dentists always suggest Dental X-Rays, are they really worth it?

Dental radiograph are a fantastic piece of technology for assessing the degree of dental disease in a mouth. A relatively cheap diagnostic test (many clinics offer dental X-Rays for approx $50) they are amazing things. They show up little secrets we can’t see with the naked eye. Dental Radiographs give us a view of the teeth externally and below the gum line, allowing us to get a complete picture of the tooth’s condition, and the state of the pocket it sits in. They will show up bone loss around teeth, areas of decay that might be hidden under the gum margin, and also pick up more serious issues. Most of the time the decision whether to remove or keep a tooth will be based around what your Vet sees on a dental X-ray.  

If you have questions about your pet’s teeth, or would like a free dental assessment for your pet with a qualified Veterinary Nurse, please call Mosman Vet on 02 9960 2856.


  • FREE Nurse Dental Assessment 
  • FREE Dental Radiographs during dental procedures 
  • FREE Take-Home Dental Pack

               Value of a $150 saving! 

FREE Nurse Dental Assessment

At the dental assessment appointment, our senior nurse will examine your pet's teeth and gums. The nurse will grade your pet's teeth from Grade 1 (very little tartar build up) to Grade 5 (extreme dental disease). This assessment will give you an indication as to if your pet requires a dental procedure performed by one of our veterinarians or if an at home program will help prevent tartar build up.

FREE Dental Radiographs

For the past five years Mosman Vet has examined all patient's teeth with the dental x-ray machine as routine during a dental procedure. The reason for this is that even though a vet can assessment a damaged tooth from the outside, they can't see if the tooth has been damaged beyond the external layers. The radiographs are taken during the general anaesthetic & are instantly assessed during the procedure. If an unexpected root canal or tooth extraction procedure is needed, the performing vet or a senior nurse will ring the owner for permission to remove to tooth. 

FREE Dental Take-Home Kit 

Every patient that has a dental procedure is offered a complimentary Dental Kit for you to continue to maintain your pet's clean & healthy mouth well after the dental procedure. Specialised dental specific foods, treats and teeth brushing have all been proven to increase the time between dental procedures. 

Each kit contains: 

  • 2.25kg bag for Dogs & a 1.5kg bag for Cats of Hill's t/d dental dry food
  • A voucher for 50% Off 2nd Bag of Hill's t/d & 25% off 3rd Bag of Hill's t/d (any size bag)
  • Greenies & Oravet treat samples 
  • Petosan Toothpaste & toothbrush 
  • Dental Information & tips on maintaining a healthy mouth 
  • Dental Radiograph images
  • Your pet's dental chart 
  • Before & After photos of your pet's teeth.

To book a free nurse dental assessment, please call Mosman Vet on (02) 9960 2856. 


  • Mosman Vet has the right to cancel or adjust this promotion at any time without warning
  • The offer is for healthy pets only. The veterinarian has the right to not offer the promotion to a pet
  • Dental xrays are during a dental procedure & are conducted under a general anaesthetic
Free Nurse Dental Assesment  Dental Radiographs 
Free Dental Pack  Canine Tooth Anatomy 




















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