Oral Hygiene - Small Animal

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Oral Hygiene
This section is part of Small Animal Dentistry

There are two approaches to homecare - active homecare and passive homecare. Active homecare is “hands-on” where the client is physically involved with removing plaque and maintaining oral hygiene. Tooth brushing and applying anti-plaque agents directly into the mouth fit into this category. Active homecare is proven to be the most effective when performed correctly.

Passive homecare refers to all the other parts of an oral hygiene program that may help reduce plaque in the mouth, but that does not require a direct interaction/involvement of the client. Examples of passive home care include giving a diet that has a dental benefit or a chew to help reduce plaque accumulation.


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Active Homecare:
Daily tooth brushing is the most important tool in the management of periodontal disease. Tooth brushing is considered to be the gold standard when it comes to plaque removal and oral hygiene maintenance. Good chlorhexidine mouth washes and gels are available, as well as various toothpastes that help remove plaque.

Tooth Brushing
Anti-Plaque Agents

Passive Homecare:

Diet
Chews


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