Dental health problems are very common in pets. This condition is often underestimated. You can easily take care of your pets teeth and help prevent serious dental problems and in turn prevent other health problems!
During teeth cleaning at the surgery we thoroughly inspect the animals teeth and gums, we remove any tartar from the teeth and may also need to remove any decayed or damaged teeth. If your pet has been suffering from dental health problems a thorough cleaning will help, and will result in reduces or no pain when eating and therefore a better appetite. Also your pet will have nice smelling breath again!
It takes a few days before gums look healthy again after dental cleaning. Sometimes your pet may require antibiotics.
Now the teeth are clean we want them to stay clean. How?
The key point is that we need to prevent tooth plaque. When tooth plaque calcifies it is called tartar. Tooth plaque is a cause of inflammation of the gums, and this can result in your animal having bad breath.
Brushing is the most effective way of preventing and removing tooth plaque. It is advisable to start brushing your cat or dogs teeth at a young age, although they can also get used to it at an older age.
Introduce the brushing step by step, do it at about the same time every day (preferable in the evening) and reward your pet afterwards!
First you use your finger for putting the toothpaste on the teeth and molars. Keep his mouth closed and fold the cheeks outwards. After a few days you introduce the brush. Sometimes the gums will bleed during brushing, especially if the gums are unhealthy. This is a sign that it is essential that you continue with regular brushing!
It’s best to brush once a day, preferable in the evening.
Please ask for brushing advice and instructions! If for any reason you cannot brush your pets teeth, we can advise an alternative option, e.g.: mouthwash, special food or a powder which reduces calcium in saliva.