Brush Up On Your Dog’s Dental Health

Many pet owners may be surprised to learn a dog’s dental health is as important to overall well-being as a daily game of fetch.

Dental problems in pets go way beyond bad breath. Periodontal disease is the most common health problem in dogs today. At least 80 percent of dogs suffer from it by age 2. Left untreated, dental problems can be very painful and affect the quality of a pet’s life.

Small-breed dogs under 20 pounds are at an even greater risk than larger breeds. First, small dogs have small mouths that crowd the teeth, and second, those teeth are excessively large for those small jaws.

Fortunately, small breeds don’t need to suffer, says Dr. Daniel Carmichael, veterinary dental specialist with the Veterinary Medical Center in West Islip, N.Y. He recommends:

1. See your veterinarian for regular dental checkups. Work with your vet to schedule regular professional dental checkups and ask how you can maintain your pet’s dental health. Monitor for bad breath, which can be a sign of a more serious dental problem.

2. Brush those canines. Daily tooth brushing is the best way to remove and prevent plaque build- up. You can try the new state-of-the-art Hartz® Dental™ Electric Tooth-brush to make brushing your dog’s teeth easier. It features a vibrating brush head and, when used as directed, is clinically proven to reduce tartar by 85 percent and plaque by 28 percent after three weeks. Use toothpaste made for dogs (beef-flavored paste is appealing to pets) as it’s designed to be swallowed and does not foam up in the mouth.

3. Choose smart snacks for your dog. Chewing rawhide has been proven in clinical studies to help reduce plaque and tartar. Tasty beef and chicken flavors encourage your pooch to chew longer, increasing the dental benefits. Another option is Hartz® Dental™ Nutri-Fresh Chew™ with OdorZap™ crystals to freshen breath, in addition to reducing tartar up to 61 percent.

4. Provide toys with dental benefits. Some newer chew toys have raised tips that help remove plaque and tartar. The Hartz® Dental™ Chew™ ‘n Clean® Deli Cuts are one example and come in three yummy flavors. These toys provide chewing exercise to strengthen gums and help relieve anxiety and boredom.

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Oral Care For Kids Should Start Early

Oral Care For Kids

Oral Care For Kids

Good oral care for kids should start early with training in the common oral hygiene practices that need to be completed on a daily basis.  Brushing the teeth should occur at least twice daily and it would be in the best interest of the child if the habit of brushing after every meal is instilled at an early age.  A good fluoride toothpaste should be used in conjunction with a soft bristled brush to avoid damaging or irritating the gum tissue.  A proper amount of toothpaste should be placed on the brush and all areas of the mouth including the tongue and the roof should be brushed for a minimum of two minutes.  Some parents it find it helpful to obtain a small timer to make it easier to keep track.  Some modern electronic toothbrushes have a timer built right in that flashes until it is time to stop.


Flossing is most likely going to be the area of kids’ oral care that will be the most difficult to get them to do on a regular basis.  If you can only get your child to floss once a day then include it with the bedtime brushing, however, flossing twice a day is much better.  Many new types of dental floss are available that slide between teeth much easier and you may want to try a different type until you find one that your child will use on a regular basis.  Flossing should begin as soon as a child has two teeth that are touching each other and will need to be done for them until they are old enough to handle the task on their own.  Flossing must be done carefully, firmly enough to remove all food particles but not so firmly as to cause bleeding.


After brushing and flossing, a child’s oral care routine should be finished off with an oral rinse.  You should avoid allowing your child to use your mouthwash if it is one that is primarily composed of alcohol.  There are products made especially for children that contain fluoride to help strengthen their teeth, just be careful to monitor the use of these products to ensure that they are not swallowed as fluoride can be poisonous in large doses.  Besides strengthening the teeth with fluoride, the oral rinse will help wash away all of the food particles and bacteria that were knocked loose by brushing and flossing.  This bacteria is what cause plaque and cavities.


Kids’ oral care begins at home with the parents but this does not mean that they should be avoiding trips to see the dentist.  It is important to have regular dental check ups for children so that any potential problems with their teeth can be spotted early and prevented from becoming bigger issues later.  Your family dentist will also be able to advise you on the correct oral care program that your children should be following at home.  Keeping teeth and gums healthy is a lot easier than having to have problems fixed later on so it pays to be vigilant in teaching kids proper oral care.

Q&A: affordable dental assistant/hygiene schools near san jose ca?

Question by Jazmin: affordable dental assistant/hygiene schools near san jose ca?
I live in san jose and have been looking for vocational dental schools/training. dont want any real expensive places like Heald, Carrington, Everest etc. please help!

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Answer by jannsody
You’re smart to want to avoid those private For-profit schools such as heald, Everest, devry and Carrington. If the local community college (or county vo-tech adult school for dental assistant) has an accredited program from the “American dental association”, those schools are usually more affordable and reputable.

Before taking pre-req courses for dental assisting or dental hygiene, please look through and peruse some dental textbooks such as those found at the local community college library that offers DA or DH or the local dental/medical school library. Some patients may have severe dental disease which may be tough for some to handle. If you haven’t done some job shadowing, please find out about that as well.

For accredited programs in DA or DH:

U.S. colleges:

General career info: and can search.

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I need tons of work done on my teeth and i’m broke, anyone know any dental schools or programs in PA?

Question by ilovemike310: I need tons of work done on my teeth and i’m broke, anyone know any dental schools or programs in PA?
well first off, i brush my teeth with a sonicare toothbrush 3-4 times a day, floss once a day, use Act restorative mouthwash everyday, and try to stay away from sweets, but i still have shitty teeth. add on top of that that my parents never took me to the dentist once in my life (not even joking). i’m a broke married grad student with a 3 yr old and my husband’s job has no dental plan. my mouth is filled with cavities, and i probably need some root canals and crowns. i live in eastern pennsylvania. does anyone know of any dental schools in eastern or central PA or even in New Jersey, or any type of cheaper program in the area? If not, what are some good, affordable dental plans i could sign up for? i’m going to need a lot of work that is going to cost at the very least the cost of a new car. sorry this is so long. i’m just so embarrassed and depressed about my teeth and that i don’t have the money for it; i just really need some help finding a place that i can afford.

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Answer by Jeanie
Start by checking with your local health dept. they should have some leads or apply for Medicaid as there’s a lot they will cover esp. xrays cavities & even more elaborate projects with some co-pay (not much compared to actual price of the procedure) well worth looking into, all states have some type of programs, you have to search your phone book, ask around, check at library, hospitals, dentalschools, do some research your best bet..good luck..been there, done that, got results!

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