The first step in caring for your pet’s teeth and gums is to schedule a thorough oral examination with your veterinarian. Depending on the condition of the teeth and gums, your pet’s veterinarian may recommend a complete dental cleaning. It is very important for the doctor to perform this comprehensive oral exam before any cleaning to determine whether or not your pet needs to be on antibiotics before the procedure. The antibiotics are used to prevent any further infection that can be caused by the tartar that is removed.
This is something that should be started gradually. Your pet needs to get used to something being put in his mouth and the taste of the toothpaste. Start out by getting your pet more familiar with you playing around his mouth and putting your fingers in his mouth. We can give you more tips and ideas on how to introduce this new routine slowly. If your pet absolutely will not allow you to brush his teeth, dental chews and special food are available to help.
Diet can be a major factor in t\he development of plaque and tartar. Dry food, biscuits, and abrasive diets (NO TABLE FOOD) can be helpful in removing plaque above the gum line. Regular visits to your veterinarian are also important. Your veterinarian may be able to detect early signs of periodontal diseases and give you helpful hints on how to care for your pet’s teeth at home. Remember, dental care is as important to your pet’s health as it is to your own. The advantage that we have is that we understand the pain, where it is coming from, and how to get ourselves to a dentist. If our pets have a toothache, they may just stop eating because it is too painful. Therefore, we must do everything we can for our pets to prevent the problems before they start. We owe it to them to provide regular dental care and cleaning since they are unable to do it for themselves. Don’t wait until your pet’s annual exam if you suspect a problem.