Dental Care is Important for Pets Too

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At our dental office in Austin, we have a soft spot for fuzzy animals. Which is why we think it’s important to talk about dental care for pets. Dental care for our furry family members is just as important as dental care for humans. And while we don’t accept four-legged patients in this office, we do want to provide you with tips for proper pet dental care.

Signs of a Problem

Before we discuss how to keep your pet healthy, it’s extremely important to know the signs of some serious dental concerns. Keep a lookout for the following:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Excessive drooling
  • Bleeding
  • Refusal to let you near his mouth

If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact your vet as soon as possible as they may be signs of something serious.

Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

You heard us correctly. Pick up a toothbrush that’s right for your animal at your local pet supply store, apply some pet toothpaste (do NOT use human toothpaste — it can cause stomach issues in animals), and scrub gently in soft circles. It may take some practice, but brushing your pet’s teeth two or three times a week can be beneficial to his dental and overall health. It’s also recommended that all pets receive professional cleanings at the vet once a year.

Allow Puppies to Chew

It’s an unavoidable reality — puppies chew everything. From shoes, to table legs, and even clothes, there’s nothing a new puppy won’t sink its teeth into. Part of the natural desire to chew has to do with teething, and it’s actually beneficial. It helps strengthen teeth, massage gums, and scrape away tartar. So stock up on chew toys and encourage your pup to chew only on those toys, not only for the health of his teeth, but also for the health of your shoe collection.

Pick an Appropriate Diet

Your pet’s diet can affect his dental health, just like your food and drink choices can affect yours. There are a variety of pet foods available to help reduce tartar and plaque buildup. Talk with your vet to see what’s best for your buddy.

Following the advice above can help keep your pet’s teeth healthy for a lifetime. But don’t forget about your own oral health. Brush twice a day, floss once a day, and maintain visits to our Austin dental office at least every six months. Don’t let dental problems plague you or your pet. Make the commitment to proper oral health for you both.

 
Accepting patients from Austin, Westlake, Cedar Park and the surrounding areas.

Saying Goodbye to Laura

Saying Goodbye to Laurafarewell

Today marks the end of an era at 12 Oaks Dental. Laura Howard has been a dedicated hygienist with us for over 30 years. She is starting a new adventure in Portland, OR with her husband Charles, who accepted a job in the city of roses. We are so sad to see her go but as the quote says:

“Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again.”

She has been truly touched and overwhelmed by all of the loving patients that have taken the time to come by, send a card, write an email, or pick up the phone to tell her how much her care has meant to them over the years. She will forever be a part of the 12 Oaks Dental family.

She will be missed!!

 

Which Mouthwash Is Right For You?

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Like most aspects of dental care, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to selecting a mouthwash. There are different types of mouthwash that are appropriate for different needs. But what options are available? What makes them so different? And more importantly, which one is right for you? Let my dental office in Austin help.

Antiseptic Mouthwash

If you suffer from chronic bad breath and if you battle bacteria in your mouth often, perhaps in the form of an infection, there’s a specific mouthwash that may be appropriate for you. We call this type of mouthwash antiseptic mouthwash. What makes it so good for fighting bad breath and infections? It contains chlorhexidine gluconate, which helps fight off and kill bacteria. This not only helps protect the mouth, it can make bad breath a thing of the past. Use it sparingly as too much can cause tooth discoloration.

Cosmetic Mouthwash

Like antiseptic mouthwash, cosmetic mouthwash options are effective at freshening breath, but that’s about all they have going for them. Cosmetic mouthwashes are best paired with proper brushing and flossing, and used only for the extra burst of freshness. This type of mouthwash doesn’t have any properties to help protect against bacteria or decay, or to strengthen teeth.

Fluoride Mouthwash

Have you been told that your teeth don’t get enough fluoride? Then a fluoride mouthwash may be something to consider. Fluoride mouthwash contains, you guessed it, sodium fluoride. Sodium fluoride is used by dentists to help build up and strengthen teeth as well as protect enamel from decay. Many people already get enough fluoride through their water, toothpaste, or at dental appointments, so a fluoride mouthwash isn’t right for just anyone. Talk with your dentist in Austin to see if it may be appropriate for you.

Mouthwash Is NOT A Replacement

Whichever mouthwash you select, it’s important to note that mouthwash is not a substitute to regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash should be used in addition to a proper at-home oral hygiene routine in order to maximize its benefits.

If you’re looking for guidance on selecting the right mouthwash for your specific dental needs, give our Austin dental office a call. We’ll be happy to talk with you about your concerns and suggest the most appropriate mouthwash for you.  

Accepting patients from Austin, Westlake, Cedar Park and the surrounding areas.

Happy New Year from the 12 Oaks Dental Team!

Happy New Year! Welcome 2017!

2017 is upon us! With that comes the annual dilemma, New Year’s resolution or just wing it. Every year the team at 12 Oaks dental prepares to succeed in the new year by choosing ONE WORD. One word that we can carry with us throughout the year, to motivate and inspire us.  New Year’s Resolutions are so often forgot or fizzle out by as early as February 1st. One word is memorable, it’s personal, its obtainable. A great reference is the book “One Word That Will Change Your Life” written by Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, and Jon Gordon. We read this book as a team and it influenced us all to implement it into our work and personal lives. Jon Gordon appeared on the Today Show to explain the One Word theory and how you can motivate yourself in the upcoming year, check it out! http://www.today.com/video/today/53957503. We look forward to hearing your one word in what is sure to be a great 2017!

Holiday Party 01/06/2017

Holiday Party 01/06/2017

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