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Posted on 03-27-2012

Pet Teeth Brushing:
Three Steps to Easy Brushing at Home

Our animal clinic regularly performs pet dental procedures that will leave your pet's teeth sparkling clean once again. We generally recommend one professional dental cleaning per year, depending upon the pet. Our Newport News and Hampton veterinarian also advises pet parents to provide regular pet dental care at home as well. Today's blog is dedicated to providing you with three easy steps to brushing your pet's teeth. This can be a big part of Newport News pet dentistry, and you might just find it easier than you think!

Pet Dentistry Techniques in Your Own Home

Newport News pet dentistry tips provided by veterinarianWe regularly perform pet dentistry in our animal hospital, and our veterinarian, Dr. John Savell, makes sure that each pet gets the care and attention they deserve. As Dr. Savell explains, the pets who get regular teeth brushing at home are the ones who have the easiest and most complication free dental procedures. Dr. Savell and our staff recommend the following three tips for home brushing:

1. Get your pet used to the idea of you touching his teeth and mouth by gently lifting the pet's lips up and touching a tooth or two. Try this for a few days before you start a regular brushing routine.

2. Apply the pet-specific toothpaste (never use human toothpaste!) to the pet's toothbrush in a thin even coat. Your pet will often try to lick the toothbrush because the flavor is so great! Our animal clinic staff can recommend certain brands of pet toothpaste it needed.

3. Lift up the pet's upper lip with one hand and begin to apply the toothbrush to the pet's teeth in gentle circular movements. Take your time and try to reach all of the teeth, including those in the back. Continue until you have covered every tooth as best you can.

You might not be able to do a full tooth brushing routine in the beginning: Don't worry, this is normal. If you follow the tooth brushing session with a special high value treat (for example, perhaps your pet's favorite treat, something you don't give every day), your pet may soon be eager to have his teeth brushed!

What do you do to make pet tooth brushing at home a good experience?

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Dr. Savell has always gone above and beyond for the care of our family's pets for several years.

John Doe
Newport News, VA

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