Dog brushing – features of the procedure
The need to monitor oral hygiene arises not only in humans, but also in their pet, we are talking about dogs. Pet owners need to regularly treat their pet’s teeth and gums, monitor the timely removal of a small plaque, and if necessary, tartar. Timely and high-quality care of the pet’s oral cavity will help to maintain a healthy dental condition, which will be the key to their successful preservation until old age, and will also help to avoid unpleasant, and sometimes painful procedures associated, for example, with gum disease or dental caries.
How to brush your pet’s teeth
In order to avoid numerous torments and bites on the part of the pet, it is necessary to start accustoming to brushing your teeth from the age of four months. To do this, start by using soft brushes without any pastes or other distractions. Such a brush must be passed over the entire surface of the pet’s teeth with light movements, preferably several times. At the end of the manipulation, a pet should be encouraged.
How to start accustoming to cleaning
A few weeks after the first treatments, the pet will sit quietly waiting for his favorite encouragement. This will be a signal that it is time to start using toothpastes, initially in small quantities. For processing, it is not worth using human pastes, since they have a pungent smell of mint and too much foam. In most cases, toothpastes or gels designed specifically for brushing dogs’s teeth come immediately in a set with toothbrushes.
For high-quality removal of plaque, it is necessary to pass a brush over the entire surface of the teeth, both from the external and from the inside of each tooth. Performing such manipulations is easy enough when the pet is calm. Do not commit sharp and strong friction with a toothbrush so as not to injure the gums and thereby cause their inflammation.
Unfortunately, not all owners manage to accustom their pets to regular oral treatment. For capricious and naughty animals there are special treats in the form of bones, sticks, etc. They are made in the form of a special texture, with the help of which bacterial plaque is well removed from the surface of the teeth, plus they have a pleasant refreshing smell. Such funds are well suited and effective only in working with animals that have not yet formed hard plaque, since due to its presence in the pet, these funds will be useless.
Tartar is a solid bacterial deposition on the teeth that can cause inflammation in the gums, cause a disgusting odor from the animal’s mouth and become one of the possible causes of tooth loss in the future if the root is exposed. To date, there is more than one tool on sale that has been specifically developed for the removal of tartar in dogs. The simplest, as well as less traumatic of all, is cleaning with ultrasound or a laser.
Such services are offered in many well-equipped veterinary hospitals. In just one visit, all facets and sides of the teeth are processed, tartar is quickly removed, while the gum of the pet is not injured. Before the procedure, the animal will be fixed with special towels or a plaid, which eliminates the need for a pet to sleep using anesthesia. The use of anesthesia is always a huge risk for a pet, since it is not always well tolerated by many breeds, leading in some cases to death. What is a good enough reason to carry out procedures for removing tartar, either independently at home or in specialized clinics.
To begin with, a special antibacterial spray for brushing your teeth will be applied to the gums, then, after brushing, the entire surface of the teeth is polished. Polishing is necessary to enhance the sliding ability, which contributes to the easy washing off of food particles by saliva of a pet. Inflamed areas of the gums are covered with a special disinfecting gel to relieve inflammation.
Remove tartar at home
In the case of particularly aggressive or simply susceptible dogs, it is best to treat your teeth at home. For this procedure, the owner will need to acquire a special file with a fine spray. And with the help of such a nail file gradually, slowly, to remove plaque from the surface of each tooth. It is strictly forbidden to pass this nail file on enamel, because this will lead to its damage. When the tartar is removed, the remaining hard coating will need to be removed with a special polishing paste. Before and after the completion of this procedure, the surface of the gums is best treated with dental gel “Metragil Dent.”
It is possible to brush your teeth at home while the pet is calm. When he is bored with this procedure, it is better to stop cleaning.