Removing plaque before it hardens to tartar is the most important step
in preventing periodontal disease. Feeding a diet including dry or
crunchy kibble is better than soft food for minimizing the build-up of
tartar. For maximum dietary therapy, Prescription Diet Canine t/d and
Prescription Diet Feline t/d are specially formulated to slow down the
accumulation of tartar. The unique texture of the food allows the tooth
to penetrate, wiping the tooth surface as your pet eats. Prescription
Diet t/d is a high quality, complete and balanced diet intended to be
Additionally, brushing your pet’s teeth regularly
(at least twice a week & ideally once daily) reduces plaque and
tartar buildup at and beneath the gum line. You should know that soft
plaque hardens to tartar in 48 hours.
Gently handle your pet’s mouth. Massage along the cheek-side of the
tooth and gum line with your finger. If your pet resists, stroke and
reassure your pet and try again. Make this a comfortable time for both
When your pet accepts handling of it’s mouth,
wrap a small amount of gauze around your index finger to wipe plaque
from cheek side tooth surfaces and gum line. After your pet is
accustomed to the feel of the gauze, add a little special pet
toothpaste to the gauze. Never use human toothpaste as your pet cannot
spit it out and they may cause stomach upset.
your success with the gauze and paste, start brushing with a special
soft-bristle pet toothbrush or finger brush. Gently hold your pet’s
mouth closed with one hand. Lift the lip on one side and brush
cheek-side surfaces of teeth and gum line. This is where the salivary
glands are located and many problems occur.
entire process should take only a few minutes. Praise your pet and give
occasional rewards for good behavior and cooperation. If your pet
resists your best tooth brushing efforts, feeding t/d will save the day!
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