Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Doctors & staff at Orthodontic Associates are animal lovers. Above is a picture of our Team Mascot "Angel". This post is about dog's dental health. Did you know that regularly brushing your dog's teeth and providing her with a healthy diet and plenty of chew toys can go a long way toward keeping her mouth healthy? Many pooches show signs of gum disease by age 4 because they are not provided with proper mouth care. Bad breath is the first sign of a problem. Give your dog regular home checks and follow the tips below, and you'll have a very happy puppy with a dazzling smile.
* THE BREATH TEST: Normal doggie breath isn't fresh smelling. But if his breath is especially offensive and is partnered with loss of appetite it is a good idea to contact your Vet.
* LIP SERVICE: Weekly, with your dog facing you, lift his lips and examine his gums and teeth. The gums should be pink and show no signs of swelling. His teeth should be clean without without any brownish tarter.
*CANINE TOOTHBRUSHING KIT: Purchase a toothbrush made for canines. There is also toothpaste made for dogs. At home you can make a paste out of baking soda and water. Never use fluoride on dogs under 6 months of age. Please do not use human toothpaste on your dog as it can give them a tummy ache.
*CHEW TOYS: Chew toys can satisfy your dog's natural desire to chew, while at the same time making his teeth strong. Gnawing also reduces your dog's overall stress level and prevents boredom.

Dentistry for canines also includes Orthodontics. Yes, braces for the family may now include the family dog! A Dental Veterinarian can tell you if Ortho treatment would be beneficial for your pet.