Your dogs and cats teeth should be checked once a year by your vet.
Brushing your pet's teeth on daily basis can keep their teeth healthy between dental visits. It can eliminate the need for dental cleaning. If you see any of these signs you might have to see your vet sooner: Broken or loose teeth, bleeding gums, lack of appetite, bad breath, abnormal drooling, brown or discolored teeth, extra teeth or retained baby teeth.
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in dental plaque. Bacteria causes inflammation of the gums.
Gingivitis: the gums become red swollen and can bleed easily. A mild gingivitis can be reversed with daily brushing.
Only use a pet teeth brush. At first, you might want to use the rubber finger toothbrush that fits over your finger until your pet gets used to you brushing its teeth. The toothbrush is better for plaque removal.
Only use pet toothpaste, usually, the pets like the one that comes in flavors. Try different flavors until you find the one that your pet likes. Let the pet smell it first and taste it.
Put the leash on your dog this will help to control your dog and keep it from escaping.
You should be more concerned with the outside like the large fangs, the front of the mouth, the teeth and gum line. The tongue does a good job with inside area of the mouth.
Keep the tooth brushing sessions short with lots of praise and affection.
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