Norwich Regional Animal Hospital

13 Fogg Farm Road
White River Junction, VT 05001

(802)296-2273

norwichanimal.com

 

At Home Care: Brushing is Best!

Brushing your pet's teeth is optimal for removing plaque and tartar from the tooth, thereby reducing periodontal disease.  Unless your pet's teeth are brushed up to 3-5 times a week, plaque - which is an accumulation of bacteria - will build up along the gum line, leading to calculus which can cause irritation to the gums and infection that can destroy the attachments to the tooth root.

Brushing is the easiest and safest way for your pet to prevent periodontal disease.  We recommend using soft bristled brush or a finger brush; toddler tooth brushes are great for many pets.  Avoid using human toothpastes because the fluoride can cause stomach upset.  Veterinary brand toothpaste with flavors like beef, chicken, salmon or malt are often the best to use for your pet.

Brushing is better than trying to scrape the plaque or calculus off by yourself because the bristles can massage the gums and reach underneath the gums to remove hidden debris.

To brush your pet's teeth start by lifting up their lip. Start brushing in the back, making your way to the front.  Then switch sides, and finish with the front of the teeth.  You only have to brush the outside of the teeth - the side the touches the cheeks - as the tongue will take care of what's on the inside. 

It is very easy to brush your pet's teeth, and the earlier you start them the more use to it they will become.  If you have questions about how to properly brush your pet's teeth feel free to call our knowledgeable staff.