Before cleaning

After cleaning with gingival recession and root exposure

A healthy mouth contributes to a healthy life. Oral inflammation and infection cause pain and potentially damage other organs in your pet’s body. Preventing plaque and tartar minimizes gum disease and tooth decay. At South Davis Veterinary Center, we want to work with you to create a home oral care plan for your pet, so in between professional cleanings, your pet’s mouth stays as healthy as possible.

The best home care starts with daily tooth brushing which requires some training. Training your pet to look forward to daily brushing is the best preventative. When the task becomes a positive social interaction, then you will be able to contribute to your pet’s good health. Check out this video from Cornell University for tips and encouragement. It shows how to train a cat, but the principles of training are the same for dogs.

We have pets too and realize not all of our pets understand brushing is good for them. That is OK because there are other things we like to use as well, such as:

1. Daily antibacterial products like Maxi-guard gel

2. Chews that physically remove plaque and are antibacterial like Hextra Chews

3. Dental health diets which remove plaque as a pet chews like Hills Prescription Diet t/d

Even with the best home care, your pet will likely need a professional cleaning. Our pets have their teeth cleaned every 12 to 24 months on average. This is a thorough cleaning and assessment of the entire mouth performed under general anesthesia with full mouth oral radiographs to evaluate the entire tooth above and below the gum line. If you are thinking your pet can have a beneficial dental cleaning without anesthesia, then please take a look at this excellent explanation about tooth cleaning without sedation: Click Here