To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth. Hi, I’m Dr. Mike, and this is Mandy, and Lola. Today
we’d like to demonstrate the proper technique for brushing your pet’s teeth. A lot
of times, on a routine patient exam, clients will ask, do I really need to
brush my pet’s teeth?
My answer is simple. Yes you do. Gingivitis and tartar can advance to another
stage called periodontal disease, or even form dental
abscesses. This is important because these infections can actually spread
systemically to other major organs, including the heart valves, the liver, and
even the kidneys. So it becomes very important that we learn to keep a routine management
or monitor your pet’s mouth, and I want to teach you how to do that. First of
all, I want you to get into the habit of looking into your pets mouth.
I want you to know what is normal. So we can look at their teeth, we can smell their breath, and we can even open their mouth if they’re going to let you. This is good to get in the habit of, because once you know what normal is, then if something changes, a broken tooth, reddening of the gums, which is called gingivitis, or even a growth, or some other change, or even simply that their breath changes. These are things that if you notice, you want to bring it to the attention of your veterinarian. There are a couple of things we need for brushing their teeth. Of course, we need toothpaste. We want to use a pet approved toothpaste. Don’t use human toothpaste. They come in a variety of flavors, from malt flavors, to mint, to poultry. And you want to find which one your pet likes, because if they like the flavor of it, it’s going to make it an enjoyable experience for them.
The easier it is for you, your going to like
doing it, and then we can do it on a routine basis. So that’s very important. The
second thing is, we’re going to want to get a toothbrush designed for pets.
Again, the size of your pet will make a difference. There are toothbrushes that
are large for big dogs. This one is nice because it has two sizes on it.
There’s some that are small, for medium or small sized dogs. And so, when we
get a toothbrush, we’re going to put a little bit of toothpaste on it, and
we’re going to see how Lola likes it. Since she’s small, we’re going to go
ahead and use the smaller end of the toothbrush here. Some specialists now
believe that the better way, or more efficient, is to go in a straight path. So
let’s go ahead and get started. So we’re going to try it with Lola here.
again, we’ll get back in here, and you just need to do the outside of the
teeth, and it works pretty quick, getting it on here. The tongue will take care
of what’s on the inside, so don’t need to worry about that, which makes it a
lot easier to clean the teeth. Second, ninety percent of tarter is actually on
the outside of the teeth, so that’s what we want to focus with. Lola loves this
flavor. This is poultry; she loves it. So that’s how we brush our teeth. It’s
very simple, it’s very fast. The key is doing it on a routine maintenance. I
recommend doing it daily, and most specialists do. If you are only doing it
once a week or once a month, it’s not going to do anything. Daily is the key. I
also wanted to let you know that there are a couple of other things that we can
do for cleaning the teeth. First and foremost, brush teeth daily. You must
remain committed. Dental diets; there are special diets that can be mixed with
your pet’s current food to maintain good dental health. Gels can be applied
weekly to prevent bacteria from sticking to the teeth. There are drinking water
additives that might help fight plaque. And also chew toys, but ask your
veterinarian for approval before using. I hope this information has been