|Brushing Your Pet's Teeth
- Why PETS Need
For most of us, caring for our teeth and gums has been
part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember.
Just like you, your pet needs dental care too, both
professional care from your veterinarian and home care
from you, to keep plaque and tartar removed and breath fresh. Routine
brushing and feeding special pet food products can help.
Factors for Peridontal (gum) Disease include
*POOR ORAL HYGIENE: Ignoring
the condition of your pet's mouth can lead to periodontal
disease, tooth loss, and other serious health problems,
such as heart, liver and kidney failure.
*BREED: Periodontal disease is
more common in smaller breeds of dogs and certain breeds
*AGE: Periodontal disease is
more common as pets grow older.
- CAUSES of Periodontal
Plaque is a colorless film that contains large amounts of
bacteria. If left unchecked, plaque builds up along with calcified
tartar and bacteria that infiltrates and separates the gum lining from the
teeth. Infection of the gums (gingivitis) erodes the gums and resulting in the loss of
the tissues and bone that support the teeth leading to teeth loss.
Preventive oral care can reduce the formation of plaque
and help maintain proper oral health throughout your
SIGNS of Periodontal
Disease can include :
|* Bad breath
||* Tooth loss
||* Yellow-brown crust on teeth
|* Change of chewing or eating habits.
||* Abnormal drooling
||* Bleeding gums
|* Dropping food out of the mouth.
||* Disinterest in eating.
||* Change of chewing or eating habits
All pets are at risk for developing dental problems. Once your
pet displays any of the warning signs listed above, serious
periodontal disease may be present. Don't wait for these signs.
Start a preventive program of dental care today.
BRUSHING YOUR PET'S
- Introduce a brushing program gradually and early;
training may take several days or weeks.
- At first, dip your finger into beef bouillon 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
flavor and begin rubbing the teeth in a circular motion.
- Before graduating to a soft bristle toothbrush or finger brush, put a
small amount of toothpaste specifically designed for pets
such as Cident ® on your
finger, mix and and allow the pet to taste it.
- Finally, dispense equal small amounts of the 2 parts of
Cident ® onto a moist
toothbrush and allow your pet to lick the bristles. Begin
brushing gently at a 45° angle away from the gumline.
- Build up to about 30 seconds per side. Dogs and cats
don't get much tartar on the inside surfaces of the teeth
so you need only worry about the outside surfaces.
- Be sure to brush the large molar teeth in the back of the
mouth as this is where most plaque occurs.
- Proceed slowly and gently. Stop each session while it is
- Remember to praise your pet to encourage a pleasant
experience every time bushing is done.Try to do this once
- Do not use Toothpaste designed for people which contain
foaming agents and fluoride, ingredients that may upse
your pet's stomach.
Cident ® Pet
(4.3oz , 122g) and fluoride free
plus a Pro Dental Finger Brush (as shown) included