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PON Dental Care = Healthy PONS


Raising healthy PONS means far more than offering premium dog food and extensive grooming sessions. Dedicated owners need to pay attention to oral health concerns as well.
According to the American Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age three. This can lead to even more serious health problems including heart, lung and kidney disease. Ensuring adequate dental care from an early age is critical to the health of all PONS.

In addition to oral examinations and dental cleanings performed by your veterinarian, there are several things you can do to ensure good dental health for your PON.

Brushing Your PON's Teeth:

Brushing your PON's teeth on a daily basis helps prevent a multitude of oral and other health problems. It is best to introduce dental home care early with your new  PON puppy.. During your first veterinary visit, ask for a demonstration of how to properly and effectively brush your PON's teeth.

These are detailed instructions on how to brush your PON's teeth at home.

1. Begin with a healthy, comfortable mouth by having your veterinarian undertake a dental cleaning. Existing problems may cause pain leading to an uncooperative PON.
2. Start slowly by letting your PON become comfortable with you working inside their mouth with your finger. Gently rub along the gumline. Start at the front and move toward the back upper and then lower teeth and gums.
3. Pull his lip up to rub the outside of the teeth and gums.
4. Pull his head back gently to encourage him to open his mouth so you can clean the inside of his teeth.
5. Repeat on the opposite side of the mouth.
6. After your PON becomes comfortable with your finger, place gauze over your finger and rub their teeth in a circular motion.
7. When your PON can handle the gauze, introduce a toothbrush during the next brushing session. It is important to make this switch because a bristled toothbrush cleans below the gumline where gauze or pads cannot reach.
8. Apply the bristles at a 45 degree angle to the surface of the tooth. Using small, circular motions, brush around the outside of the teeth ensuring the bristles get under the gumline. Brushing the sides of the teeth is not as important, as dogs   typically do not have tartar build-up between teeth like humans do.
9. Gradually add toothpaste designed for dogs.. Do not use people toothpaste or baking soda as both can upset your pet's stomach.
10. Place your hand over your PON's muzzle gently squeezing from the top.
11. Help keep your pet calm by praising your pet, speaking reassuringly and keeping the brushing sessions short. Remember, you will not always have a perfect teeth brushing session, but it's important to be consistent and keep trying.

Other Alternatives for a Healthy Mouth

PON owners should also be sure to regularly examine their PON's mouth for signs of periodontal disease. Brownish teeth, consistently bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums and pus between the teeth and gums are all warning signs. If your PON has these symptoms, consult your veterinarian. A change of diet may be necessary in some cases. Please ask your family veterinarian for his/her professional advice.