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Posted on 05-01-2012

animal dentistry for health teeth in pets.jpgHumans are not the only ones who could use a little help keeping their mouth and teeth healthy. Animal dentistry can be just as important, and University Veterinary Hospital has the knowledge and equipment to supply it. Our veterinarian Dr. Jas Mattu offers regular dental checkups and cleanings for your pet, as well as advanced dentistry procedures when necessary. We can help keep your pets' teeth healthy with procedures at our office, and you can supplement their oral care with dental tips you can use at home.

At-Home Pet Dental Tips for Optimum Oral Health 

Your first order of business is to give your pet's mouth a visual checkup at least once a week. This allows you to check for any obvious problems that could merit a trip to our animal hospital. Signs of potential problems include gums that are swollen, contain growths, or are red or white rather than a healthy pink. Teeth should be white and firmly rooted, not loose or discolored. Also looks for other signs of oral disease such as excessive drooling, bad breath, and cysts beneath the tongue.

Regularly brushing your pets' teeth can greatly enhance their oral health between cleanings from our veterinarian. You can use a piece of soft gauze or purchase a specific tooth brushing kit designed for pets. Baking soda and water can work as a paste, or you can also purchase a specific tooth paste made for pets. Small, gentle circles are typically an effective technique. Introducing your pets to the process before you begin can also help.

Two more ways to help keep dental issues at bay is with your pets' food and chew toys. Hard food helps eliminate plaque and bacteria buildup, and our veterinarian can recommend a diet that provides proper nutrients as it helps maintain good oral health. Chew toys can also assist with keeping your pets' teeth clean, especially those specifically designed to strengthen their teeth.

What steps do you take to keep your pet's teeth healthy?

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