27 February 2017

WBRC's Good Day Alabama: Dental Care for Pets

Dr. Bert Gaddis, from the Indian Springs Animal Clinic, joins Dr. Jerome Williams with Red Mountain Animal Clinic to discuss the importance of dental care for ...

thank you very much well did you brush

your dog's teeth this morning after you brushed your own well maybe we should dr. Jerome Williams we're going to talk about that picture means in just a second but dr drum william so dr. Burton gatos right here today as we're talking about pet dental health month gentlemen good morning morning Jillian good morning to you yeah well so dr. Gaddis we should brush our dog's teeth every day yes that's ideal now use their own toothbrush no affair no sharing your true friends and preferably pet toothpaste okay yeah because what why why do you not use human two things the detergents in the our toothpaste that boma can irritate their stomach if they swallow it so we use a pet toothpaste that has some enzymatic action daily or every other day is almost as good because the plaque takes about two days to harden where it can't be brushed away okay so we've got some video and dr. Williams you and dr. Gaddis can talk over this dogs don't love it when you brush their teeth but they're pretty good about it right like you want to tolerate it you know what is this what happened to this this is before we clean the teeth sustaining in the back and

here we're using an ultrasonic scaler to scale the teeth and not obvious identity asleep they have to be under general anesthesia to do it properly okay and we were using hand ish was just like the dentist or dental hygienists will use and here we are polishing on how afterwards because it's gone on too long without being cleaned so what was going on with the dog's mouth this dog had very very mild gingivitis the primarily back in the back the guns were starting to get red there also was a little issue with the enamel one tooth that we wanted to reach a can and more than bad breath because we brush our dogs me because once you start getting that what happened gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease and if we clean the teeth before that advances it reverses and paradigm diseases periodontal disease is loss of bone around teeth and gums recede that's here reverse and that's irreversible and then that sets them up for plaque and tartar building up more quickly so it becomes a vicious cycle that eventually they they lose to i'm going to pick dr. Williams on the spot you brush millions teeth every day no I

don't think so it don't feel bad if anything I thought because that's a tall order really is our busy lives to brush our teeth every day is the key is to start with their puppet when they're very young you get into habit they get into habit of accepting it that's the key to doing it to start at this age to do it I make it a little more resistance right right starting earlier that makes a lot of sense if you start with their puppy they'll expect this part of life for them and so they'll do that so we have an after picture right before and an after picture so soon Alice if we can put those up so I talked about these the the before pictures on the left you can see that plaque and tartar and kind of staining back on the the back teeth and then the other picture on the right is is actually spoon there's a close much of either it's harder staining a little bit of redness above that that's ginger might hurt them when they feel like that they don't know okay so this is the admin afterwards kids are not any we needed white and in if we were to take another picture in three or four days that red inflammation back there would be gone often I think we see look only

for plaque rather than the redness of the gums and it is as important to deal with dental work if the gums are it as you see the plaque is that not correct yeah the the reaction to the plaque that you really don't see that's harder that we're seeing and that is is not what the dog is reacting to it's the plaque that's right up underneath the gum behind that that causes that redness and inflammation okay so i guess the kind of the takeaway from our conversation today is if you don't already do it try to start brushing your dog's teeth do you recommend a professional cleaning from someone or can you do it yourself they have to be put under anesthesia to properly clean piece that's its advanced right the first the first step would be so your veterinarian this is pet dental months february's pet dental health my great opportunity to see your pets veterinary and have them look at the teeth and discuss whether whether dentistry is needed at that point or whether you can do home care and work on the teaching the dog or the cat janu to let you brush the teeth and put off that puts off needing to clean Bateses this the stall gets home care

we're going to be able to put another two years between cleanings okay excuse me okay all right with dr. Gaddis dr. Williams good to see you Jillian didn't see you too she's going to go brush my teeth now absolutely she says so much Rowley 30 or 60 seconds is all the time that's all it takes to brush certain you could train them to bring the toothbrush to you that would be a trigger all right we'll take a break we'll be right back checking in with JJ all right get