The mouth serves as the gateway to the rest of your pet’s body, and your pet’s teeth are necessary tools used in that gateway. -Travel Animal Doctor
- The teeth serve as important facilitators to your pet’s digestive system.
- The teeth are used on a daily basis in your pet’s life.
- To manage your pet’s health, it is just as important to take control of your pet’s dental hygiene as it is to take care of your own.
- There are so many flavors of dog toothpaste out there that it is easy to find a flavor your dog enjoys.
- Forming a routine will help you to remember to brush your pet‘s teeth.
- You can start with using your finger and once your animal is used to you manipulating his mouth you can use a toothbrush specifically made to brush your animal’s teeth.
- After brushing you can give your pet a small treat to make it a positive experience.
- The younger your animal is when you start brushing his teeth, the better.
- Make sure to remember to get the back teeth as these are the ones that most often have the most plaque.
- When plaque build up is not appropriately dealt with gum disease can ensue.
- Halitosis may become an early indication that there is plaque build up in your dogs mouth.
As always, prevention is key to fighting off disease.
- If the teeth are not taken care of for the first nine years of your animal’s life, a disease process has likely already began.
- A dental cleaning by a veterinary dentist can help remove the tartar (hardened plaque).
- The first dental cleaning should optimally occur when your animal is middle aged, when associated anesthetic risk is low.
- There are also a number of dental treats available for cats and dogs that work well to keep the tartar down and make your pet’s breath less stinky.
- While they are a little expensive, it is important to use them especially if you are not in the habit of regularly brushing your pet’s teeth.
- These are an easy addition to your pet’s dental care, to supplement brushing your pet’s teeth.
It is extremely important that you manage your pet’s teeth and dental care.
- Plaque contains millions of bacteria that upon entering the bloodstream can cause a bacterial infection in your animal’s body in organs such as the liver, brain, kidney or heart.
- Gum disease can cause excruciating pain for your animal and can result in tooth loss or abscessation.