Home Care after Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment

Your pet has had each tooth examined by probing and, in many cases, x ray followed by a scale and polish to remove all the calculus from the crown and sub-gingivally. If that is all that was required you are doing an excellent job in preventing periodontal disease and we will plan on seeing you both in 6-12 months for another COHAT.

How to reduce Periodontal Disease with Home Care:

  • Tooth brushing is the gold standard and needs to be done at least every other day as plaque calcifies into calculus (tartar) in 48 hours. Start with a finger cloth or brush in dogs or a cotton bud soaked in Hexarinse in cats and progress to a soft toothbrush. Flavoured toothpaste may help.
  • Change to a VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) approved dental diet as your pet has to eat so best to offer specially designed and tested dry food (Hills T/D or Royal Canin Dental)
  • Use Healthy Mouth liquid in all drinking water (VOHC approved). You can increase dilution weekly over 4 weeks if your pet is picky with the taste of it.
  • Oravet chews and Greenies (VOHC approved) are safe and effective.
  • Other mechanical chews have not been evaluated but anecdotally reduce plaque and calculus build-up in dogs. Raw hides, Dentastix, pigs ears and raw meaty bones are all helpful. Lamb necks cut in half by the butcher and knuckles are safer bones but any raw meat has potential pathogens and hard bones can break teeth. No cooked bones.

If your pet has had any surgical extractions requiring stitches:

  • No hard food for 2 weeks. We will book a revisit to check everything has healed well at this time. Canned or cooked chunks of chicken/rice are fine.
  • Plaque will build up very quickly if you are not able to brush the teeth so use a pea-sized amount of Hexarinse placed carefully in the corner of the mouth and start using Healthy Mouth.

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