Dental assessment and follow-up dental procedures

File:Vet-cleaning-dog-teeth.jpgDental assessment and follow-up dental procedures include:

  • Dental grading of teeth (which is undertaken by making a dental exam appointment)
  • Routine scale and polish under general anesthesia (starting at $220+)
  • Dental Extractions 
  • Follow up home care for teeth maintenance and dental hygiene
  • Dental Radiography for difficult situations

Here are a few Dental Tips and Tricks to help ensure we keep your pets teeth stay healthy between visits.

  • Feed them a nutritious diet including raw bones/chicken necks (NEVER cooked) - ask your veterinarian about the best type.
  • Regular brushing at home
  • Yearly dental checkups by a veterinarian
  • Invest in some chew treats, including hard meat-protein biscuits and rawhide chews for dogs, can help remove plaque, and provide stimulation for the gums.
  • Watch out for wood – throwing sticks to dogs or letting your cat pick up a piece of wood with their mouth can result in splinters and gum damage.
  • Don’t let your pet chew on hard materials like bones or stones. They can wear down, even break teeth, damage gums and lead to infection.

How to brush your pets teeth

Step 1
• Start by dipping a finger in beef stock for dogs. 
• Rub this finger gently over your pet’s gums and one or two teeth. 
• Repeat until your pet seems fairly comfortable with this activity.

Step 2
• Gradually, introduce a gauze-covered finger and gently scrub the teeth with a circular motion.

Step 3
• Then, you can begin to use a toothbrush, either an ultra-soft model designed for people or a special pet tooth-brush or finger brush, which is a rubber finger covering with a small brush built in at its tip.

Step 4
• Finally, once your pet is used to brushing, introduce the use of pet toothpaste in liquid or paste form. Most of these contain chlorhexidine or stannous fluoride – ask your veterinarian for his recommendations. Don’t use human toothpaste, as it can upset your pet’s stomach. Your vet may also advise the use of an antiseptic spray or rinse after brushing.