Removal of tartar in dogs - specialist advice
Gum disease is easier to prevent than to cure. The most common cause of inflammation is tartar, which prevents the gums from tightly fitting to the teeth. As a rule, it occurs if the dog does not receive enough solid food (whole carrots, apples, crackers, etc.)
If solid food cannot be given to your dog, you need to regularly (at least 1 time per week) brush its teeth with a cotton swab wound on a stick with tooth powder (only without aromatic additives) or special toothpaste for dogs. Then the teeth are rubbed and polished with a soft cloth.
If tartar has already appeared, you need to remove it mechanically.
- Keep your dog still and hold her face firmly with one hand.
- With the same hand, lift your lip at the same time.
- Using a special hook to remove tartar (scaler) in the other hand, gently push the gum away with the working part of the tool.
- Place the scaler between the tartar and gum, press firmly to the tooth and hold parallel to it.
- Remove tartar with a vertical motion.
Removing tartar is a necessary procedure, because it can cause your four-legged friend suffering and is often the cause of stench from the dog’s mouth.
Better if large stones are removed by the veterinarian. Sometimes general anesthesia is used for this procedure.
An ideal tool for preventing the formation of tartar has not yet been invented.