Dental Care

Your Pet's Dental Report Card

Canine Teeth in Good Shape NICE JOB! No sign of plaque or tartar - Home dental care is needed to maintain these healthy teeth and gums. Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly is ideal; the use of CET pet toothpaste is highly recommended. If brushing your pet’s teeth is not an option, then dental chews such as Blue Chews from Vetradent, Bright Bites dental treats and Greenies dental chews help reduce plaque and tartar from forming on teeth. Dental diets such as Hill’s t/d or Royal Canin DD diets are recommended along with the anti-plaque water additive Healthy Mouth.

Canine Teeth with mild gingivitusGrade I / Mild Gingivitis
Margins of attached gum is inflamed and swollen. You may notice a thin red line along the gum line. At this point plaque is beginning to cover the teeth. Dental cleaning is indicated within 6 months.

Canine Teeth with moderate gingivitusGrade II / Moderate Gingivitis
The entire gum is inflamed and swollen. Mouth is painful and odor is noticed. May have gum pockets allowing bacteria to flourish. Moderate amounts of plaque buildup. Dental cleaning to remove tartar is needed within the next 30 days. Addition of tartar control diet and home dental care needed afterward for prevention.

Canine Teeth with severe gingivitusGrade III / Severe Gingivitis
Early Periodontal disease is marked by red and bleeding gums. Gum is damaged by infection and tartar. Mouth is painful and bad breath odor is evident. Dental cleaning to remove tartar is needed immediately. Deep gingival pockets may lead to the extraction of teeth. Addition of tartar control diet and home dental care needed to prevent recurrence.

Canine Teeth with established periodontal deseaseGrade IV / Established Periodontal Disease
Chronic infection destroys the gum, tooth and bone. Mouth is painful. Bacteria spread though the body via the bloodstream and may damage the kidneys, liver and heart. Dental cleaning to remove tartar is needed immediately. Teeth are loose and in need of extraction and gum suturing. Home dental care afterward is necessary for prevention / recurrence of disease.

Dental Cleaning by Your Veterinarian

To prevent dental disease, your pet needs routine dental care at home. But to perform good home care, you need to start with clean teeth. Brushing will remove plaque but not tartar. So if your pet’s teeth have tartar, it is necessary for your veterinarian to remove it and polish the teeth. A routine dental cleaning consists of:

Flip your pet’s lip and check out your pets oral health. It is never too early or too late to begin the journey toward good oral health. The veterinarians at Greenwood Lake Animal Hospital are your pet’s dentist. The doctors are assisted by highly trained dental technicians. Additionally, our hospital has a dedicated dental suite equipped with digital x-ray, hydraulic wet lift table and state-of-the art monitoring equipment and anesthesia equipment.

Home Dental Routine

Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

Brushing your dog's teeth should not be a chore for you or your dog. Instead, it should be an enjoyable time for both of you. If you take things slowly at the beginning and give lots of praise, you and your dog will start looking forward to your brushing sessions. But first, we need to gather together what we will need.

Where to begin. Number one, this should be fun for you and your dog. Be upbeat and take things slowly. Do not overly restrain your dog. Keep sessions short and positive. Be sure to praise your dog throughout the process. Give yourself a pat on the back, too! You are doing a great thing for your dog!

How Often?

Certainly, the more often you brush the better. Always aim for daily dental care for your dog, just as you aim for daily dental care for yourself. The hardest thing about home dental care for dogs is just getting started. Once you have done it for a while, it just becomes part of your daily routine. If you cannot brush daily, brushing every other day may remove the plaque before it has time to mineralize. This will still have a positive effect on your dog's oral health.

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