We Are Excited to Celebrate Your Pet’s Oral Health!
Pet dental health is an important part of your pet’s overall health. The bacteria that builds up during dental disease can enter the blood stream and lead to heart disease, kidney disease, and other problems. By removing painful teeth, dentistry can often improve your pet’s quality of life.
Pet dentistry at PCAC falls into two categories: Dental cleanings under anesthesia for routine prophylactic care, and Oral Surgery Procedures for minor to advanced periodontal disease. Both types of dental procedures include a complete oral exam with charting, ultrasonic scaling both above and below the gumline (where most of the disease is), polishing of the teeth, and fluoride treatment. Anesthetic dental procedures are necessary for all pets. Periodontal disease, broken teeth, and other issues can only be thoroughly examined and treated when your pet is relaxed and sedated. We do NOT recommend anesthesia-free dentistry.
Tips On How To Brush Your Pet’s Teeth
Oral hygiene is an important part of your pet’s overall health. Here are some great tips for getting on track with at-home oral care.
If you brush every day, your pet will become familiar with the routine when their permanent teeth erupt. Please note: You may need to stop brushing while your pet loses her baby teeth. Her mouth will be a bit sore and handling may cause more pain. Continue once all permanent teeth come in.
Use love and praise, and try to practice at the same time each day to establish a routine. Choose a quiet time, such as late in the evening. Or, if your pet is highly motivated by food, try just before dinner so she’ll be rewarded for her cooperation.
Work up to rubbing the teeth and gums with your finger. Put a few drops of water flavored with low-sodium chicken or beef bouillon for dogs and tuna juice for cats in your pet’s mouth and she’ll begin to look forward to these sessions.
Rub the teeth gently with a bouillon- or tuna-flavored washcloth or a piece of gauze wrapped around the end of your finger.
Finally, use a finger brush or a soft veterinary or human toothbrush to brush the teeth using the bouillon water or tuna juice. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth and brush gently back and forth or in a circular pattern from gum to tip. Brushing the tongue side of the teeth is less critical, but still good. Offer rewards and treats when your pet allows you to brush.
Consider other dental aids. A large selection of veterinary toothpastes, oral rinses, and gels are available to you. Our veterinary team can help you select the right one for you and your pet. These products all enhance your home care program, but daily brushing is best. Avoid human toothpaste because fluoride and detergents can be harmful if swallowed. Hydrogen peroxide can be harsh on the gums and shouldn’t be swallowed either. Baking soda has a high sodium content and should be avoided in older pets.
Avoid natural bones, which are hard enough to fracture teeth. Our veterinary team can recommend a complete and balanced professional diet to use at feeding time and as a treat.
If you have any questions about your pet’s specific dental health needs, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or schedule an appointment for us to take a closer look.
A Note On the Benefits of Sanos
Surgical dental care is a big investment in your pet’s oral health. Maybe after scaling, polishing, and x-rays, everything is sparkling clean again and no treatments are needed this time. Or x-rays reveal some underlying problems and more extensive care is needed. Either way, you want to protect this investment you are about to make.
Sanos can best be described as a self-hardening liquid bandage device that helps aid in gingival and oral health. It creates a barrier at the gum line to prevent plaque and tartar build up. With no plaque, bacteria do not have a surface to live or thrive in. This reduces the proliferation of dental disease. The barrier lasts for 6 months and requires no at home maintenance or applications. However it can only be applied immediately following a dental cleaning. Consider adding Sanos to your pet’s dental procedure to extend the life of their sparkly white teeth and fresh breath.
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