Home Dental Cleanings Help Prevent Disease

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Nothing contributes to your pet's health like good dental care. Regular dental exams and frequent "brushing" will not only improve your pet's breath, it can significantly reduce the risk of dental disease. Fountain City Veterinary Hospital offers a thorough ultrasonic cleaning and fluoride treatment. We are happy to help you decide whether a professional pet dental cleaning procedure is right for your pet. Our veterinary clinic will also provide information on the many health benefits to maintaining proper dental care for your pets at home.

Just like good hygiene for you means regular brushing and flossing, good pet care includes regular teeth cleanings and examinations. Regular pet dental cleaning prevents erosion of gum tissue, promotes healthy enamel and makes your pet more pleasant to be around. It can also help pets live healthier lives and minimize visits to a veterinary hospital oral issues.

Bryan residents are invited to partner with our veterinarians at Fountain City Veterinary Hospital to develop a home pet dental routine for pets.

Visit Our Bryan Veterinarian before Starting Home Dental Cleanings

Let us help you get started. Bad breath in animals may be an indication of a number of medical conditions, including kidney failure, animal diabetes, infections, cancer, or unhealthy eating habits. A professional dental exam at our hospital will ensure that your pet does not have any oral health issues or other related illnesses. Finally, we will show you proper cleaning techniques in our Bryan office.

Start with the right tools. Pet stores offer a variety of customized pet dental cleaning tools and toothpastes. A brush cleaning tool works for most pets, but there are many other cleaning tools available, such as finger brushes. Please be sure to pick up a tube of pet specific toothpaste. They come in great meat flavors that your animal will enjoy and feature enzymes that aid in cleaning and are safe to swallow (unlike human toothpastes).

Start slow. You'll save yourself a lot of grief and your pet a lot of discomfort if you get them used to the idea of cleanings before starting in with a full dental cleaning. Let your pet lick the toothpaste from the dental tool and get familiar with the paste and the tool. Once your pet is comfortable, very gently clean the teeth and gums. Focus on the outside areas. Clean your pets' teeth once or twice a week.

There are many effective chews and toys designed to help keep your pet's teeth clean. The best chew for your pet is the one that is safe and enjoyable. If you have questions about quality chews and toys, please as one of our veterinarians or staff members.

What steps or techniques do you use to make regular brushing a good experience for you and your pet?