Every regular exam in our clinics includes a thorough dental exam. We’ll also recommend a home care plan to help you keep your pet healthy. If we find disease, we will recommend a treatment plan.
Professional dental cleaning
Part of your pet’s treatment plan may include a professional dental cleaning under carefully monitored anaesthesia. We’ll provide antibiotics and pain medication for your pet as needed.
Only a portion of a tooth is visible above the gum line. Dental X-rays show us what we can’t see – the tooth’s structure below the gums and the bone that anchors it.
Pet Teeth Cleaning Tips
Cleaning our pets teeth can be difficult at the best of times, but here are a few tips to help you keep your pets teeth clean without too much trouble.
- Introduce a brushing program gradually and early; training using the steps below may take several days or weeks.
- At first, dip your finger into beef broth for a dog or tuna water for a cat, and rub your finger over the pet’s mouth and teeth.
- Make these initial sessions brief and positive.
- Introduce gauze on your finger with the same beef or tuna flavour and begin rubbing the teeth in a circular motion.
- Before graduating to a soft-bristle toothbrush, put a small amount of toothpaste specifically designed for pets on your finger and allow the pet to taste it.
- Finally, apply a small dab of pet toothpaste on a moist toothbrush and allow your pet to lick the bristles. Begin brushing gently at a 45-degree angle away from the gum line.
- Please note: toothpaste designed for people contains ingredients that may upset your pet’s stomach. Use pet toothpaste.