Pet Dental Care at Home
How to brush the teeth?
It is never too late to start Pet Dental Care, by brushing your pet’s teeth, as long as you follow the guidelines below or check out this video:
- Start gradually. Do not expect instant success when brushing your pet’s teeth. It takes long for them to get used to this process. There’s no reason to hurry.
- Choose a good time and quite place to start the brushing.
- For small breeds, hold your dog securely in you lap, with its head facing away from you.
For larger Breeds, have your dog sit beside you so that you can comfortably handle the mouth and teeth.
- Approach the pet from the side rather than in front and introduce the finger for a couple of seconds (15-30 seconds) twice daily then slowly rub the teeth and gums. This is where plague and tartar accumulate most quickly. This procedure will be increased gradually and be done for 2-3 weeks.
- After 3 weeks, introduce the toothbrush or finger brush and brush the premolars and molars for 30 seconds and also on the other side. Do this procedure for 2-3 weeks.
- Repeat the steps above and this time introduce the use of toothpaste.
- Start the brushing with just the few teeth- premolars and molars rather than incisor since retracting the lips is easily accepted while many pets do not like having their nose lifted.
- Gradually increase the number of teeth cleaned each time until the whole mouth can be cleaned in one whole session.
- Do not worry about brushing the tips or insides of the teeth unless your dog is cooperative. Most periodontal lesions occur on the outer surfaces of the teeth and this is where you should direct your efforts.
- Offer a reward at the end of the procedure by giving some dental treats, a toy, a game or a walk.
- Above all, keep it fun and stop before you get resistance.
Dental decay has shown to be one of the major reasons for cardiac, hepatic and renal failure at an older age and therefore we would like to bring this to your attention. In our clinic we have special diets to prevent the building up of tartar and caries and we have a wide range of toys and toothbrushes.
If you need any more specific advice please make an appointment with our nurse (courtesy of the Clinic) and we will be happy to assist and give you all the information to maintain you pet’s oral health.