Almost immediately after a professional teeth cleaning procedure, approximately one million organisms (Bacteria) will spread in the mouth of your pet. That is why it is so important to start your home care routine.
Tooth brushing on a regular basis offers the best method for daily plaque control.
Most veterinary dentists recommend brushing your pets teeth at least 3 times a week; however for optimal results daily brushing is strongly encouraged.
Generally your pet’s mouth will be sensitive if you try to brush their teeth straight after having dental surgery. A waiting period of 24 – 48 hours will be recommended if your pet has had only a scale and polish procedure; if extractions were performed, you will need to wait until the tissues have healed, generally in 7 – 10 days time.
The use of dental diets will help with the control of plaque and calculus accumulation. This is not a substitute of tooth brushing.
Dental treats can help retard the build up of calculus accumulation but be aware some of them have a high content of energy, so be careful not to overuse them. We discourage the use of raw, meaty bones in dental home care programs for cats and dogs. Potential problems associated with their consumption include dental fractures, exposure of animals to bacterial or parasitic pathogens, public health concerns, and nutritional imbalances. At this time, risks of feeding raw, meaty bones overshadow unproven dental benefits.
If extractions were performed on your pet, a small amount of bleeding from the mouth may be seen. Please contact us immediately if more severe bleeding is seen, or if your pet does not want to eat, or seems lethargic or unwell.
Soft food may be necessary for a few days especially if extractions were performed.