In Between Cleanings: Dental Care at Home
You can prevent serious dental problems for your companion by simply ensuring your pet receives dental exams at the time of each vaccination, again at six months of age, and then annually.
In between veterinary visits, check your pet's teeth regularly for signs of dental problems. Brushing your pet's teeth is the single most important procedure you can follow to maintain good oral health. If performed regularly, brushing dramatically decreases the incidence of gingivitis and can increase the interval between teeth cleaning appointments.
If you are unsure of how to brush your pet's teeth, please ask a staff member for instructions.
Signs of pet dental problems
Symptoms of dental disease include the following -
• Bad breath - one of the first signs of dental disease;
• A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line;
• Red and swollen gums;
• Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched;
• Decreased appetite or difficulty eating; or
• Loose or missing teeth.
If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call for an appointment.