At Home Dental Care for Pets
Brushing your pet’s teeth at home doesn’t need to be a major undertaking. With a little practice, you can help fight back tartar that leads to serious gum conditions, root exposure and tooth loss.Puppies: 28 baby teeth. Adult dogs: 42 permanent teeth. Kittens: 26 baby teeth. Adult cats: 30 permanent teeth. Fun fact: Puppies and kittens generally lose their baby teeth between 4 and 6 months. What you will need to get started:
- Pet toothbrush
- Pet-specific toothpaste
Important: Never use human toothpaste on your pets. Many brands contain ingredients that are unhealthy for pets, such as:
- Fluoride (causes vomiting and nausea)
- Hydrogen peroxide (causes vomiting and nausea)
- Xylitol (toxic for dogs and cats)
How to brush a pet’s teethStep 1: Lift the upper lip and angle the brush along the gum line at a 45 degree angle. Step 2: Use a circular motion to clean the outside of the teeth, spending about 30 seconds on each quadrant. Step 3: If your pet is cooperative, brush the insides of the teeth with a similar motion. Step 4: Reward your pet for a job well done! Be sure to offer lots of treats and praise.
Get regular checkups with a professionalJust like people, pets should get a dental checkup one to two times a year. Your vet can perform an oral exam of overall tooth and gum health and do a more thorough cleaning than you can at home. Regular exams and professional cleanings help to prevent plaque and tartar build-up that can lead to serious gum disease, bone destruction and tooth loss.
- Average cost of a routine cleaning: $382**
- Average cost of pet dental disease surgery: $1,037 dog / $986 cat**
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