So, please check often the teeth and gums of your dog and even your cat.
You can start by going to the vet to do a dental exam. However, a clear sign that you need dental cleaning treatment is when your pet has discoloration (yellow-brown) teeth, very red gums and/or bad breath. But there is no need to wait for this to happen: routine dental cleaning prophylaxis may be needed, depending on each pet, one to two times a year.
“Also, doing scheduled cleanings has several advantages: there will be more protection to tooth enamel, therefore, less damage, and the problem of bad breath (or halitosis) will be resolved,” explains Estefani López Sotomayor, an expert animal dental prophylaxis. “Once the accumulation of bacteria growing in the dental plaque or calculus is removed, any oral problems are removed also.”
Quick and painless
The procedure takes about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the case, as experts agree. “Everything depends on the degree of periodontal disease. The procedure could take more or less, “says Vega Clemencia Pet Store Petcol. “Regardless, prophylaxis is a cleaning technique, using ultrasonic vibrations, which helps loosen tartar and plaque.”
Unlike humans, this procedure is needs to be done under general anesthesia. The sounds of the ultrasonic dental scaler and the vibrations caused by the machine, will scare your pet, which would make it very time-consuming and traumatic to the pet. Also to be able to clean all surfaces of all the teeth requires significant oral manipulation which will not be tolerated by the pet.
How to prepare your pet
“Like any procedure the minimum fasting is 6 hours, hopefully more than 8 (to prevent aspiration of water or food from the stomach),” says Lopez. “Also, the more empty the stomach is, the better for anesthesia.”
After the procedure, be careful not to neglect the oral health of your pet andprovide some in home care.
Bruhsing at home: 2 times a week will help
Some of the advice from the experts to keep teeth clean are:
– Give your dog natural bones (beef, not chicken)
– Support-strength cleaning and washing at least twice a week.
– When brushing the teeth, apply specialized dog dental products – pastes and mouth washess
– Avoid soft food diets (wet concentrate, canned, homemade food) – they can causes the enamel to deteriorate faster.