Q. Shih Tzu about 10 years old with periodontal disease. Will take her for cleaning, what should i do in the meantime?

A. If your dog is experiencing periodontal disease it is best to follow any recommendations from your vet prior to her dental cleaning. Your vet may recommend gently brushing the teeth with a dog toothbrush and dog-safe toothpaste, or by adding dental/breath solution into the water prior to care, or as a treatment after care.

However, in severe cases of dental disease, it is best to ask your veterinarian prior to starting any cleaning or dental treatment, as large chunks of plaque or debris may break off and cause harm to your dog if swallowed. Gums that are sore or painful may also need time to heal after a cleaning before starting any routine dental care.

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