Just like humans, pets are susceptible to plaque and tartar build up on their teeth, gum disease, and other oral health problems. That’s why pets need regular dental care, too. An annual teeth cleaning from our veterinarian in Winnipeg is the best way to reduce your pet’s risk for gum disease and tooth loss and keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy for years to come.
Annual Teeth Cleaning Important for Pet Dental Care
When cleaning your pet’s teeth, our veterinarian Dr. Pushpinder Mander will first perform a full dental exam to check the teeth and gums. Prior to your pet’s teeth cleaning, our veterinary hospital will administer anesthesia to help your pet relax during the teeth cleaning and ensure our veterinary team can safely clean along and underneath the gums. Next, Dr. Mander will scrape away plaque and tartar deposits from along the gum line. Finally, we polish the teeth to create a smooth surface that is resistant to tartar build up. Following your pet’s teeth cleaning, we will discuss with you the status of your pet’s oral health, including if any warning signs indicate possible gum disease or require additional follow-up care.
In addition to an in-office dental cleaning, your pet’s teeth will also benefit from regular at-home care, too. Dr. Mander recommends that all pet owners brush their pets’ teeth at least once every week. If you have never brushed your pet’s teeth before, it is natural to feel a bit anxious about the process. Your pet may be nervous too! Our veterinarian in Winnipeg will demonstrate the best way to brush your pet’s teeth and soothe any anxiety you are both feeling. Whenever possible, try to start brushing your pet’s teeth when they are young; pets as young as six months are good candidates for regular oral health care. The younger your pet is when you start brushing his teeth, the more comfortable he will feel and easier it will be for him to adjust to this new routine.
Dr. Mander recommends starting with a slow, gradual approach to help your pet feel comfortable and adjust to the process. Place a small dollop of pet-friendly toothpaste on your finger and gently massage your finger along your pet’s gums. Depending on your pet’s size and temperament, you may need help from a friend or spouse to gently restrain your pet and lift his gums. As your pet becomes comfortable with the sensation of your finger along the gum line, you can switch to a pet-friendly toothbrush. Hold the brush at an upward angle to break up plaque deposits along the gum line. Before brushing your pet’s teeth, be sure you are using the right pet-friendly tools. Never use a toothbrush or toothpaste that is intended for humans. Some of the ingredients in human toothpaste, for example, are not safe for pets.
For more information on pet dental care and teeth cleaning, call our veterinarian in Winnipeg today at 204-452-9010.