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1 Dental Health Jessica Rychel, BS Fourth Year Veterinary Student CCRP (pending), CVA (pending)

2 Dental Disease- Problematic in Pets Too Can cause severe infection in face and mouth Can cause organ dysfunction or failure Can be very painful and cause inappetance More common and more severe in brachycephalic breeds (French Bulldogs)

3 Dental Disease in Brachycephalic Breeds All dogs have 42 teeth total Brachycephalic dogs have to squish all 42 into a shorter space than most dogs Crowding of teeth allows greater accumulation of plaque and tartar

4 Gingivitis Redness and inflammation around tooth Can be treated with aggressive home therapy in some cases

5 Plaque and Calculus Accumulation As periodontal disease eats into the bone, damage becomes permanent Requires dental cleaning under general anesthesia Tooth extraction may be required

6 An Ounce of Prevention Dental Home Care

7 Brushing Teeth

8 Getting Started Flavored toothpaste Toothbrush- any inexpensive toothbrush with a large firm head

9 Getting Started Start slow and make it fun Gently lift a lip and brush 1-2 teeth Use flavored toothpaste, so brushing is a treat

10 Eventually… Brush all teeth at least once daily Find a routine- brush every night before bed Use several flavors to keep your dogs interest

11 Dental Chews Mechanically removes plaque from teeth- may have additional enzymes or antibacterial additives

12 Tartar Diet- Hills t/d Pattened formula that squeegees plaque from teeth during chewing Large bites force dog to chew

13 What to do if your pet has moderate to severe dental disease? Consult with a general veterinary practitioner that is interested in dentistry for a thorough dental examination Be prepared for them to recommend dental cleaning under general anesthesia- it is the only way to get teeth clean enough to be maintained at home Dont be afraid of tooth extractions- ask your vet if they have dental x-ray to ensure only appropriate teeth are extracted

14 OraVet A waxy sealant developed for use in humans to decrease bacterial and tartar from sticking to teeth –People didnt like the feeling of waxy substance on their teeth –Dogs dont mind a bit Your vet will apply first dose just after a thorough dental cleaning –You apply sealant once each week at home

15 Helpful Resources Hills Pet Nutrition American Animal Hospital Association Oravet by Merial National Pet Dental Month


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