Dental Hygiene


After Dental Care Instructions-

Tooth Brushing:

Daily tooth brushing is the best preventive measure you can do as a pet owner. A daily tooth brushing is necessary because plaque bacteria can colonize on teeth 24 to 36 hours after scaling and polishing.

If you do not brush your pet’s teeth within two weeks tartar will be back on the teeth!

Plaque and calculus can not be removed from the tooth’s surface by chemical means alone, you must brush the teeth in order to remove calculus.

Products:

Plaque Off www.plaqueoff.com

Petzlife www.petzlife.com

Get Better Breath.com

Veri-Science Perio Support

Any product that is antibacterial

Make your own toothpaste:

Baking Soda

Coconut Oil – a few drops

Peppermint Extract – a few drops

Mix into a paste and use

To Help with Inflamed Gums:

Use a cotton swab, generously apply tincture of Oregon Grape, Myrrh or Goldenseal on inflamed gums reduces painful swelling and works to stop more serious infections from setting-in.

Foods & Herbs that Fight Oral Bacteria and Reduce Plaque:

Apples, Carrots, Celery

Herbs- Coriander, Mint, and Spearmint- all have germicidal properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria in the mouth.

Fresh Raw Bones- except for aggressive chewers- throw away after 3 days

AVOID-

Hard Bones

Compressed Chews

Sterilized Bones Copyright 2007

Will My Pet Cooperate?
Most pets cooperate perfectly fine. The technician is trained in handling the pet and is able to calm them while cleaning their teeth. We use Bach flowers, aromatherapy and acupressure points to help calm your pet. We take our time and introduce your pet to the teeth cleaning procedure.
Do You Clean Under the Gum Line?
YES, we do a very good job of removing calculus from below the gum line. If your pet has deep pockets which prevent us from adequately cleaning under the gum line then we advise you to consult your veterinarian.
Do You Polish Teeth?
Yes, we carefully polish the teeth at the end of the dental cleaning. We use the same product, called Prophy paste that your human dentist uses to polish your teeth.
How Often Should I Come In?
It depends on the breed and the build-up on the teeth. It is usually recommended at least every 6 months to a year. Smaller dogs may even need their teeth cleaned every three months, while some larger dogs may need them done less than once per year. We recommend as soon as you start seeing buildup again to have them re-cleaned. Leaving large amounts of bacteria in your pet’s mouth can lead to other health issues.
Can I Watch the Procedure?
You can stay and watch but usually your pet behaves better when you are out of their visual sight.
How Do You Do the Procedure?
Your pet lies on the floor on a dog bed with their head in our lap. With small dogs, we wrap them in a towel to make them feel more secure. We hand scale their teeth with dental instruments just like when you go to your dental hygienist. The teeth are cleaned inside and out, removing the tarter build up. When we are done scaling we polish the teeth. You receive a report card telling you what we were able to see during the dental.When we examine your pet’s mouth if we immediately find problems which need your veterinarian’s attention, example- teeth which need to be extracted, we will refer you back to your doctor to have a dental under anesthesia and there will be no charge. If during the dental we find any problems, we will put the information on your report card so you can discuss any further action with your own veterinarian.