In fact, you would every day, in the teeth of your dog need to brush up’

February is the month of the gebitscontrole for your pet. So what’s the deal with the teeth of dogs and cats? Why do their teeth not to brush? Or would that be done? Eight questions to ask the veterinarian and the dierentandheelkundespecialist Henriette Booij-Vrieling.

It is the one of the gebitscontrole for your pet. Is that check really necessary?

“Sure. Just like humans, can dogs get problems with their teeth. The problem is that you are not, that they should be aware of it. They eat often, they cuddle, and they’re mostly fit and happy. However, you could make some with a bite to the hand. It is important to be there at a very early stage, and what to do about it. Therefore, an annual inspection is a good idea.”

What is it with the teeth of the animal in the wrong this time.

“In dogs and cats is an inflammation of the gums is the most common disease in the mouth. In many cases, the inflammation is so far extended, that the teeth have to go out there.”

“The inflammation may be caused by the formation of plaque and subsequently tartar. The tartar is often seen as a brown hard deposits on the teeth. Gingival disease can also lead to a deterioration of the jaw bone.”

For cats, we are also often tandresorptie. This creates holes in the teeth, not cavities, but the teeth on one or the other way to fix it. We don’t know exactly how it can be done, but it can cause a lot of pain.”

So, what can you do?

“You can ensure that your pet has tartar, will get his or her teeth, in the same way you take care of your own teeth: due to regular visits to the dentist, in this case, it is the vet to go to work.”

Then. Really?

“Seriously, yes. On a daily basis. If you are at a young age it starts, it is in most of them, however, to do so, even though the dogs are more than cats.”

“I know a woman who has teeth in her cat’s brush with an electric toothbrush.”

“I know a woman who has teeth in her cat’s brush with an electric toothbrush. Recently, I saw a man in the clinic with a dog by twelve, for his age and breed, a beautiful set of teeth it had. Because, every day he cleaned it.

How do you do that, brush with the animals?

“Just a little. It doesn’t have to be the toothpaste, special toothpaste for dogs, with a great taste and no fluoride, it makes it easier. It’s going to be the movement of the mechanical cleaning.”

“When brushing, don’t brush your plaque from the teeth off. As a result, bacteria is less likely and keeps the gums healthy. This means indirectly that you have a pet, in general, longer be healthy.”

You can have a look at the teeth and gums of your pet. If the gums are red or swollen, you know that something is going on. (Image: 123RF)

You can see for yourself whether your pet is a gebitsprobleem it?

“Most of the time, you will notice very little on the behavior of your pet. If you have a dog or cat is very much out of his mouth stinks, there is something to worry about.”

“If you have a dog or cat is very much out of his mouth stinks, there is something to worry about.”

“If you are in the lips, move up pulling, you might see that the gums are red or swollen, it is. Or, you can see the brown deposits on the teeth and on the roots of the teeth at the gum line. If you are already too late. Tartar can not be applied. That is why it is very important to get once a year check at the vet to go to.”

What does the vet have?

“Looking at the teeth of your pet and can advise on the basis of what he or she is looking to move forward and have a chest x-ray to make. For the image, and the need for research in pet is under general anesthesia, which was the reason that a lot of people are reluctant to use it. But, without a general anaesthetic, you should not be subject to the gum line to look and find a deeper inflammation in the tracks.”

There Is a big difference between the teeth of the animal and the human being?

“Not so very, very much. I will treat that as a dentist, both in humans and in animals. I’m next to a dentist is also a vet, that’s why. In both cases care and regular check-up prevents a lot of problems. The surgery itself is different hardly any. Whether you choose to pull on a dog’s or a human being, the basic technique is the same.

Henriette Booij-Vrieling won the previous year, the first in the Netherlands and the Eu, specialization in veterinary dentistry, and has been connected with the University clinic for companion animals at the University of Utrecht, the netherlands. She is the president of the European Veterinary Dental Society and is one of the very few dentists in both animals and people to deal with.

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