Dr. Andy Sokol, a friend and vet, discusses dog dental health and teeth cleaning and explains why preventive care is key to avoiding serious issues.
Because oral care is an important aspect of taking care of our pets, I asked Andy Sokol, a veterinarian at Caldwell Mill Animal Clinic, to share information on dog dental health and teeth cleaning. The process of teeth cleaning is a large expense, as dogs have to be put to sleep for the procedure.
In the video below, Dr. Sokol walks us through the process of a dog dental exam and explains what vets look for when determining if or when a dog’s teeth need to be cleaned. He also recommends products that dog owners can use at home to prevent plaque, tartar, and gingivitis.
The results of Cam’s exam are below, along with helpful tips for all dog owners.
- Cam has some tartar, but no gum redness or gingivitis.
- Cam can pass on a cleaning for now but may need one in a year or so.
- Dr. Sokol recommends brushing teeth 3-4 times per week.
- He also recommends specific dental chews with enzymes to break down plaque.
- Your vet is the best one to tell you when your dog needs a teeth cleaning.
- Teeth pulling can be avoided in many cases by routine and proper canine dental care.
Products recommended by Dr. Sokol can be found at many veterinarian offices or also online (link below).
I hope this post was helpful to those of you who own dogs. Stay tuned for future posts by Dr. Sokol with valuable tips and advice on taking good care of our furry friends. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!