Homecare / Prophylaxis

Prophylaxis at home is at least as necessary for our four-legged patients as annual dental hygiene/COHAT because, unfortunately, our pets do not voluntarily brush their teeth daily.


Like humans, new bacterial plaque builds up on their teeth and gums daily. Plaque is invisible to the naked eye. If plaque is not removed every day, it mixes with minerals, saliva, and food residues and becomes tartar. Tartar is visible as a brownish-yellow coating on the teeth. It is not dangerous per se, but it roughens the surface of the teeth further, causing even more bacterial plaque to adhere. These bacteria initially cause inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). Later, they penetrate the periodontium and destroy it and the bone surrounding the tooth (periodontitis).

These diseases can be prevented with good prophylaxis at home PLUS an annual professional dental cleaning under anesthesia. Prevention aims to reduce bacterial plaque. The gold standard for home care is thorough daily tooth cleaning using finger sticks or a toothbrush and enzymatic animal toothpaste. Additional supportive products (food and water supplements, suitable chewing articles, special food) are also available. We will be happy to advise you on this in our practice.