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Posted on 07-02-2012
What would happen if you never brushed your teeth? Not only would you suffer from a terrible case of bad breath, but plaque deposits could lead to gum disease and serious health problems. This is exactly what can happen to your pet if you do not brush his teeth.
Regular brushing is an easy and effective way to prevent plaque build-up and control bad breath. Together with our Ball Ground and Canton pet dentistry services, at-home dental care will keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy.
If you have never brushed your pet’s teeth before, don't worry. A compassionate touch and patience will help your pet learn to love a regular brushing session. Follow these tips from your Canton veterinarians and pet dentist.
1. Pick the right tools and time. Our pet dentist recommends picking a time in the evening when your pet is calm and relaxed. Be sure to use a toothbrush specially made for pets (the brushes will be softer and angled) as well as pet-friendly toothpaste.
2. Start small. Begin by introducing your pet to the sensation of having her gums rubbed. Put a small dab of toothpaste on your finger and rub it along the upper gums and teeth. It may take several sessions for your pet to feel comfortable. Your pet should enjoy the toothpaste flavor; if she refuses to lick it, try a different flavor like peanut butter or poultry. This way, your pet will see the paste as a treat.
3. Introduce the toothbrush. Once your pet is used to the toothpaste and light pressure from your finger, introduce the toothbrush. Lift the upper lip and place the brush at a 45-degree angle, which is ideal for removing plaque.
4. Focus on plaque. Plaque tends to build up along the outside of the back teeth. It may take several brushing sessions before your pet allows you to reach this area. Always reward your pet with positive affection.
How do you help your pet relax during brushing?
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