The wrong kind of food can cause mouth and dental problems in pets. When you feed your cat or dog with dry food rather than soft, canned food, the dry bacterial plaque layer will be removed from the ground due to the slight friction force created by the dry man’s teeth. Dry meats also provide enough chewing exercise and gum stimulation. You should not give sweet food and tableware to your little friend because it increases plaque and tartar formation. If your pet is particularly susceptible to mouth and tooth problems in terms of race or genetic background, your veterinarian may recommend using special dry ingredients that reduce plaque and tartar formation.
It is necessary to brush teeth in cats and dogs to remove tartar formation leading to tooth disease and dental plaque that causes tooth decay. From the moment you bring your kitten home to your puppy, you should start your regular daily tooth brushing habit from 6 to 8 weeks of age. Even adult cats and dogs can be trained on accepting toothbrushing. It is simply a matter of gradually introducing the activity and making it a positive experience. You should always praise and celebrate your pet throughout the process, and reward it with something you love as soon as the process is over.
It ensures that your cat or dog is fed with proper diet and that your teeth and gums are in the best condition to make a daily toothbrush at home. In order to provide proper dental care at home, it is first necessary to check that your teeth and gums are in good health. At this point veterinarians are engaged. The veterinarian examines your little friend’s mouth cavity in detail to see if there is an underlying problem and especially for tartar formation. By brushing, the bacterial plaque layer can be cleaned but the tartar can not be removed. For this reason, if your pet has tartar formation, the tartar layer is removed with a professional cleaning and polishing process applied under anesthesia. After removal of the tartar, the veterinarian treats your pet’s teeth with fluoride and then tells you about the care you need to do at home.
Dog dental care steps:
Start by fingering your fingers to the meat for dogs, and for the cat, by pouring into the water of the fish or to the warm water. Gently rub this finger against the gums and one or two teeth of your pet. Repeat until your pets get used to this activity and feel comfortable.
Start stepping on your teeth with a gauze-wrapped finger in a circular motion.
Then you can start using a toothbrush. You can use ultra soft brushes designed for babies or special pet brushes and fingerprints. One finger of the finger brush is designed as a brush and is worn on the finger.
Finally, once you get used to brushing your little friend’s teeth, you can start using toothpaste in the form of liquid or paste made for pets. Most of them contain chlorhexidine or stannous fluoride (you can ask for veterinary advice). You should not use toothpicks that are manufactured for humans, they may be worn by your pet. Your vet may also suggest that you use an antiseptic spray or solution after brushing.
A few useful statistics:
The first temporary “dairy teeth” in kittens are 26 and reach 2-3 weeks of age. The permanent teeth are 30 teeth and start to change at 3 months of age.
Cats are animals that have a minimum number of teeth in domesticated mammals.
In puppies temporary teeth start to appear at 2 weeks, have permanent teeth of 42 and start to change for 3 months.