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Remember the "3-D's" of pet dentistry to prevent the build-up of plague and tartar.
Periodontal disease is a common and serious problem in dogs and cats with 85% of dogs and 75% of cats suffering from it. An early warning is tartar on the teeth. Built-up tartar supports the growth of bacteria that in turn causes inflammation of the gums. Bacteria can enter the blood stream and cause or exacerbate respiratory, liver, kidney or cardiac problems. Once tartar accumulates and hardens; only a veterinary dental cleaning can eliminate it.
It is essential to keep your pets mouth and teeth clean between visits to the vet. Brushing your animal's teeth is the best way. There are a variety of methods available, toothbrushes with a smaller angled head, a device with little bristles that slips over your finger or simply a soft bristled toddler toothbrush. Use an enzyme based product for the paste, such as Enzadent. Condition your pet to dental care slowly; use patience and lots of positive re-enforcement, make the process a game and reward with lots of praise and play time.
There are many pet foods available that help prevent tartar build-up. Your veterinarian can help you choose one. People food is often the cause of plaque, bad breath and even flatulence. Avoid giving your pet table scraps. As previously mentioned, certain chew toys help with mouth health. There are toys that have material that actually gets between the teeth and "flosses."
What comes with a dental at Ponti's?
1. Ultrasonic scaling, polishing and fluoride treatment.