Good oral health care is an important part of good general health for your pet. We offer dental cleanings also called prophylaxis for dogs and cats, which is the polishing and cleaning of your pets’ teeth under general anesthesia. A professional dental cleaning is indicated when periodontal disease is present, which includes gingivitis (reddening of the gums) and periodontists (loss of bone and soft tissue around the teeth. Dental radiographs are performed during the dental cleaning, which allows us to look at the internal anatomy of the teeth, the roots and the bone that surrounds the roots to be examined.

Did you know... ? Plaque and/or tartar development is the most common cause of dental disease in pets. Periodontal disease has been estimated to affect 90% of dogs and cats over two years of age, and it essentially starts with the accumulation of dental plaque. Studies have shown that brushing your pet’s teeth regularly is the most efficient way to prevent accumulation of plaque.

Both home and regular veterinary professional care may be required for some pets.

Train your pet to have its mouth handled before introducing the tooth brush at a young age. Wrap nylon gauze or a washcloth around your finger and gently wipe the gums. Make it rewarding and fun for your pet but be cautious, as even a familiar pet may bite.

The action of brushing should be directed towards the gum line at the base of the teeth. Be gentle and offer a treat or praise at the end of the session. Once daily brushing is adequate, and you only need to brush the teeth, not the tongue or the roof of the mouth.

To start, place a small amount of veterinary toothpaste on your finger and let your pet smell and lick it. If your pet shows interest in the flavor of the toothpaste, use it. If your pet is not interested in the toothpaste, brush the teeth without it until you have found a flavor he/she likes. *DO NOT* use human toothpaste because it contains fluoride, which should not be swallowed. Work the toothbrush in a circular motion. Try for 10 seconds on each side of the mouth. Go slowly and be patient. If things aren’t going well, wait a few hours before trying again. Brushing daily if the best form of home dental care; imagine this…. you brush twice daily and go to the dentist every 6 months and they still get stuff off your teeth!

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