Dental Health Tips

This page provides dental health tips for your pets and an overview of some of our dental health services. First, some statistics to consider:

• 80% of 3-year-old dogs show signs of oral disease!

• Only 10% of pet owners provide daily home oral care.

  1. Daily teeth-brushing limits gingivitis and plaque buildup in pets, too.

If the bacteria in your pet’s mouth are untreated, then gingivitis, gingival recession, bone loss, loose teeth, root exposure, and/or bacterial contamination could occur. This is painful and can lead to other health concerns like heart and kidney disease.

  • Ask our veterinarians about daily brushing tips and products
  • Daily teeth-brushing is the MOST important thing that you can do to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. Take a look at the range of dental care products that we offer in our retail area.

  1. Consider additions to daily brushing.

Ask our veterinarians about the range of dental products that we offer:

  • liquid products to clean teeth and freshen breath
  • food supplements and chew toys to promote dental health
  • products that have been approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council as well as our BloomingPaws veterinarians

    1. Ultrasonic Teeth Cleaning is needed for pets, too. At every physical examination, our veterinarians check your pet’s teeth to determine if it is time for an ultrasonic scale and polish. If your pet is having bad breath, difficulty chewing or exhibiting bright red gums, ask your veterinarian if your pet might benefit from a cleaning. Ultrasonic Dental Cleaning is done while your pet is under full anesthesia:

      2000 Plus Ultrasonic Scaler with Polisher Operative

      • The procedure starts with a complete inspection of the mouth and gums.
      • Then tartar is removed with the use of an ultrasonic instrument, called scaling.
      • Once the teeth are scaled they are polished to remove microscopic etches created by the scaling process. This polishing step is crucial and is why just chipping away the tartar is inadequate.
      • Then a fluoride treatment is applied for extra protection.
      • Finally a finishing spray is applied to leave the pet’s mouth fresh and clean.

      1. Choose appropriate chew toys for your pet.

If you cannot indent it with your thumb nail, it is too hard. Broken teeth often require extraction or root canal therapy or they will abscess. Our BloomingPaws veterinarians see many teeth that have been broken due to dogs chewing on beef bones and other hard chewing substrates. You can find some good chew toys that pass this thumbnail test in our retail section. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help—our trained staff will be happy to help.

      1. Use our Grooming Spa Teeth Brush & Breath Spray treatment.

Our BloomingPaws groomers brush your dog’s teeth with enzymatic toothpaste that starts to break down existing tartar while preventing new build-up. Our groomers finish with a breath spray that works by neutralizing mouth odors and helps to control plaque build-up, leaving your pet’s mouth fresh and clean.