Pet Dental Care
 
 

Teeth Cleaning And Care

More than treating bad breath...dental care can add three to five years to your pet's life. Dental care is a little recognized, yet necessary part of caring for your pets. By the age of three, some 80% of all dogs and 70% of all cats show signs of dental disease, which can lead to the more serious problems of heart, lung, and kidney disease. Your pet’s bad breath isn’t something to be ignored, because it may be indicative of an oral problem. The sooner you have it treated by your veterinarian (and learn to care for it yourself), the sooner your pet can stay on the road to health as well as smell good!

The stages of oral disease:

 

grade 1 dental diseaseGrade 1 Dental Disease

 

 

grade 2 dental disease Grade 2 Dental Disease

 

 

grade 3 dental diseaseGrade 3 Dental Disease

 

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissue by bacteria. It all begins with plaque. Plaque and tartar form naturally when food remains in the cracks of the teeth, especially at the gum line. Canned food sticks easier, so it is more likely to cause plaque. At this stage the plaque is still soft, and brushing or chewing hard food and toys can remove it. If it is left to spread, plaque can lead to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, causing them to become red and swollen and painful. Plaque soon hardens into tartar that forms a wedge separating the tooth from the gum. If the plaque and tartar buildup continue, pus can form at the root of the tooth. This is the most advanced stage, showing up as loose teeth, bleeding gums and pain anytime your pet tries to eat. Periodontal disease can be prevented and treated. The keys to your pet's oral health are professional veterinary dental care and good care at home. Too few pets receive both and most don't receive either. You can change that today!

 

Visit your veterinarian. In addition to a physical examination and medical history, the doctor will examine your pet's teeth and gums. Recommendations may be made for cleaning, polishing, and other dental care in the hospital, or your veterinarian may suggest a program of home dental care.

 

Dental Care at Home

 

For cats and dogs, regular brushing is an important part of any preventive dental program. A special toothbrush and toothpaste for pets are recommended. These products are available at our clinic. Your veterinarian can show you the proper way to brush your pet's teeth.

 

TEETH BRUSHING - The most important area to focus on is the gum line, where bacteria and food mix to form plaque. Start slowly to get your pet used to the idea of home dental care. Dip a finger into tuna water and gently rub along the gums and teeth. Once your pet is okay with a little bit of touching, gradually introduce gauze over your finger, and rub the teeth and gums in a circular fashion. Try it with a toothbrush specially designed for pets, or a very soft, ultra-sensitive toothbrush designed for people; an inexpensive electric toothbrush will work well. Use pet toothpaste; NEVER use people toothpaste or baking soda, as both will upset your pet's stomach. The entire process should only take a minute or two. With plenty of praise and reassurance, your dental sessions can forever banish the term dog breath. There are a number of unique dental diets that will decrease plaque and tartar formation. It does not need to be fed as the entire diet to be effective.

Lakeside Veterinary clinic assumes no liability for injury to you or your pet incurred by following these descriptions or procedures.