Taking care of your dog’s teeth is as important as taking care of your own. According to the Gardiners Road Animal Hospital Association, nearly two-thirds of dog owners do not provide the veterinarian-recommended guidelines for dog dental care. Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in adult dogs and most dogs have some form of the disease by the time they turn three years old.
At Grah Kingston, we are providing quality Dental Care Services. We are known as one of the best in dog dental care and cat dental care vet clinics in Kingston open 7 days a week.
Just like us, dogs can experience plaque build-up if we don’t take proper dental care of their teeth. This turns into tartar, which accumulates around the gum lines and causes irritation, and can eventually lead to gum inflammation (gingivitis), bone/soft tissue loss, and gum disease. Bacterial infection can also lead to tooth loss and problems of the heart, lung, or kidney as your dog ages. The good news is that with regular dental care these diseases are avoidable.
How to Brush a Dog’s Teeth at Home
The highest quality level for canine oral consideration at home is brushing. Here are some tips for getting started:
- Get your canine used to having his teeth brushed. Keep the sessions short and positive. Dip your finger in beef bouillon and massage his lips in a circular motion for 30 to 60 seconds once or twice a day for a few weeks, and then move on to the teeth and gums.
- Envelop your finger by cloth or spot a toothbrush at a 45-degree edge to the teeth and clean in little, roundabout movements, lifting your canine’s lip if fundamental. Because the side of the tooth that touches the cheek contains the most tartar, concentrate there.
- When you’re almost finished, brush vertically toward the inside of the mouth to clear any plaque you’ve removed.
- Use a brush intended especially for dogs it’s smaller than a human toothbrush and has softer bristles. Toothbrushes that you can wear over your finger are additionally accessible.
- Use toothpaste intended for dogs using your toothpaste can cause distress and upset your dog’s stomach.
Develop a Regular Dental Cleaning Routine
Consistency is key. Brush your dog’s teeth at least 2 to 3 times a week. Once a day brushing is ideal. The better you are at keeping a routine, the easier it will be on your dog, and the more likely he will start to respond positively to you brushing his teeth. It will also help you remember to keep his teeth clean and healthy as you start to commit to a regular cycle.
Check for Tell-tale Signs
- Between vet clinics in Kingston visits, be sure to check your dog for these important warning signs.
- Bad breath Dogs
- Swollen and/or bleeding gums
- Difficulty eating
- Yellow and brown tartar deposits on the gum line
- Excessive drooling
If you notice any of these warning signs in your dog, make an appointment with your vet at Dog Dental Vet Clinic. Your vet may recommend a professional dental cleaning, which begins with blood work to determine if your dog is healthy enough to undergo surgery and anesthesia. If he is, your vet at the veterinary hospital will administer anesthesia to him and begin a comprehensive cleaning. This includes:
- A complete oral exam and Animal x-rays to identify problems under the gum line
- A full cleaning under the gum line to forestall periodontal infection
- Professional scaling to remove plaque and tartar build-up on the crown
- Polishing the teeth to prevent plaque and bacteria
Specifically formulated dental dog foods and treats can slow the formation of tartar and avoid the onset of dental disease. Gardiners Road Animal Hospital provides precisely balanced nutrition service in Kingston for healthy pets, plus the preventative benefit of dental cleaning and freshening breath with every bite.
Prescribed Diet is a complete and balanced food that provides all the nutrition for healthy pets as well as pets with periodontal disease. It provides a greater reduction in the accumulation of plaque, tartar, and stain and reduces gingivitis.
Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. At our pet hospital, we have a top vet with years of experience who have done their jobs in Cat Dentistry and Dog Dentistry incredibly.