At-Home Dental Care

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Fortunately, many dental problems can be managed through at-home care and maintenance. Regular removal of plaque is integral in preventing dental disease. Without maintenance plaque, which is an accumulation of bacteria, will build up at the gumline. Eventually calculus forms, further irritating the gums and infection progresses to loosen and destroy the attachment of the tooth. In addition to loose teeth, infection under the gumline can spread to the liver, kidneys and heart.

Here are some ways you can take care of your pet's teeth at home.

 BRUSHES:
There are many and all will work as long as they are soft.  Washcloths, gauze,  fingerbrushes, and specialized brushes are available.  Make sure pet specific toothepaste is used! Brush your pet's teeth daily for optimal care. We can help with a free brushing demo.

 RINSE:
Oral Rinses can be used to help fight the plaque buildup.   They can also adjust the PH level in the mouth and slow the bacteria growth.  This may be the option for those pets resistant to brushing.

 CHEWS/TREATS/DIET:
Good things to chew on can help to mechanically remove plaque and tartar from your pet's teeth.  Greenies, T/D Diet, and CET chews are excellent choices.  Be careful of chewies that are too hard, they can cause more damage than good.

 TEETH KILLERS:
Many products labeled for pets to chew on are just too hard.  They can cause painful fractures and infection.  If you need help making healthy and beneficial choices, our staff would be happy to make a suggestion.