Why should I clean my pet's teeth?
Cleaning your pet’s teeth is not only a cosmetic concern, tooth plaque contains bacteria that can infect gum tissue and the roots of teeth, which can result in oral disease and tooth loss. Additional negative impacts on oral health, bacteria can enter the blood stream through large blood vessels located near the gums and teeth, this bacteria travels to the organs with the highest blood flow; the lungs, heart, kidneys, brain and the liver, causing infections that can shorten your pet’s life.
The Signs of Periodontal Disease:
- Persistent bad breath
- Yellow/Brown plaque on the teeth or near the gum line
- Sensitivity around the mouth
- Red, swollen, Hyperplastic, or receding gums
- Pain or bleeding when your pet eats, or when the gums are touched
- Loose or missing teeth
- Difficulty chewing or eating
- Pawing at the Mouth
These are all possible signs of Periodontal Disease and may generally indicate that an Anesthetic or an Anesthesia-Free Dental is necessary, and should be addressed as soon as possible. Please contact a qualified representative such as your Veterinarian to schedule a check-up.
Things to know, On the day of the non-anesthetic dental cleaning:
- Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time to fill out any information like our consent form on site. To speed up this process we encourage you to complete the form below and submit it to us prior to your appointment date that way it’s an easy and quick drop off time for you.
- The procedure takes 45 minutes to 1 hour, you are welcome to stay and wait for your pet and talk to our technician after the procedure. This time is an estimate and it could take longer depending on the behavior of your pet and the amount of plaque in the mouth so please allow 2-3 hours in your schedule when you make your pet’s non-anesthetic dental appointment.
- The technician is happy to explain the Dental chart form, so allow some pick up time to listen and understand our further recommendations to maintain the teeth clean after the non-anesthetic dental procedure.
- Your pet can go home right after the procedure and continue life as always. So do offer water when you arrive home and food after 1 hour. Playtime, outside walking, and other activities can be continued normally after the procedure.
- We encourage you to continue with at home dental care to ensure the dental cleaning lasting results.
- Don’t forget to make your pet’s 6 months non-anesthetic dental appointment and contact us with any questions or concerns. We are here to help you achieve your pet’s best oral health.
How to brush your pet's teeth.
There are several important facts about our pets’ mouths that tell us when, where and how to brush. Periodontal disease usually affects the upper, back teeth first and worst. Plaque builds up on the tooth surface daily, especially just under the gum line. It takes less than 36 hours for this plaque to become mineralized and harden into “tartar” (calculus) that cannot be removed with a brush. Because of this progression, brushing should be done daily, with a brush to remove the plaque from under the gum line.
The first step is to start with a clean, healthy mouth. Good dental hygiene should start with a young pet with healthy new teeth and gums, or after your pet has had a dental cleaning.
You will need a soft-bristled tooth brush and pet formulated toothpaste only. DO NOT USE Human toothpaste as they are harmful dog pets. Furthermore, pet formulated toothpastes have flavors that are appealing to them.
Pick a time of day that will become a convenient part of your pet’s daily routine. Just before a walk or before a daily treat can help your pet actually look forward to brushing time. Take a few days to let both of you get use to the process. Follow with praise and a walk or treat each time.
Start by offering your dog a taste of the pet toothpaste. The next time, let him taste the toothpaste, then run your finger along the gums of the upper teeth. Repeat the process with the tooth brush. Get the bristles of the brush along the gum line of the upper back teeth and angle slightly up, so the bristles get under the gum line. Work from back to front, making small circles along the gum lines. It should take you less than 30 seconds to brush your pet’s teeth. Do not try to brush the entire mouth at first. If all that your pet lets you brush is the outside of the upper teeth, you are still addressing the most important area of periodontal disease – prevention. If your pet eventually allows you to brush most of his teeth, so much the better.
Even with the best tooth brushing, some dogs may still need an occasional dental cleaning, just like humans. By brushing your pet’s teeth daily we prevent issues before they even start and you may reduce the frequency and involvement of dental cleanings and provide your pet with a happy, Healthy Smile.
If you have any questions about how to brush your pet’s teeth and products to use don’t hesitate to contact our team. We are happy to give you tips and products recommendations.