February is Dental Month!
Did you know...
- Bad breath is one of the earliest symptoms of dental disease in pets
- Bacteria invade the gum tissue & tooth root and will destroy bone that secures teeth.
- Heart, kidney & lungs can be affected by bacteria from dental plaque.
What can you do to help keep your pet healthy?
- Daily brushing can significantly reduce plaque formation in pets
- Have your pet examined by a veterinarian at least once per year for overall wellness and to determine if a dental cleaning is necessary
What?? You Want Me to Brush My Dog's Teeth?!
- Start by moistening the brush or gauze (wrapped around your finger) and pick up a small amount of pet toothpaste.
Human toothpaste also contains detergent, which can upset your pet's stomach when swallowed.
- Brush the outer tooth surfaces back and forth, with special attention to the gum line. Concentrate on cleaning the outside (cheek surfaces) of the teeth, as the tongue helps keep the inside surfaces of the teeth clean.
- Your pet accepting tooth brushing is a training process. Your veterinarian can help you with detailed brushing instructions.
At first, the idea of brushing teeth may seem frivolous, but caring for your pet's teeth protects against serious problems!