Toothbrush Training 101

TTraining your pet to get its teeth brushed seems like a daunting task but you would be surprised at how many pets learn to love it. Brushing everyday is the best way to keep your pet’s mouth as healthy as possible since the bacteria on the tooth (called plaque) starts to harden into tartar within 24 hours. Follow these simple steps to train your pet to love a tooth brush:

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Did You Know February Is National Pet Dental Health Month?

Dogs teeth before cleaning
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Your pet’s dental health is just as important as your own dental health since dental disease can have an effect on the body’s overall health. At least once a year your pet should have their mouth examined by a veterinarian. The doctor will check the mouth for signs of dental disease which includes bad breath, loose or broken teeth, swollen or inflamed gums, and teeth that are covered with tartar. At home you can look for signs of dental disease by paying attention to your pet’s chewing habits. Common signs of dental disease also include dropping food from the mouth, abnormal chewing, reduced appetite or refusal to eat.

The veterinarian may recommend a dental cleaning in order to clean and further assess the teeth. Your pet will be placed under light anesthesia which allows us to see every tooth. Just like a human dental cleaning, we will scale, polish, and probe the teeth. We will also perform full mouth radiographs (X-Rays).

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