Just as you go to the dentist to have your pearly whites assessed and cleaned, your pet should also have their teeth cleaned and cared for too! Dental care is about more than just clean breath and teeth. It is about preventing serious medical conditions such as heart, liver and kidney disease. The plaque and bacteria that build up on an animal’s teeth can actually enter the blood stream causing heart disease.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, “80% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 have some degree of periodontal disease and less than 1% of the population brushes their dog’s teeth on a regular basis.” Periodontal and dental disease, the buildup of plaque around teeth and gums, is irreversible. If untreated, your pet could face oral pain, abscesses, and loose teeth. The results of this disease also lead to a loss of appetite, a drop in weight, a decrease in activity and other diseases.
So what can you do to protect the health and well-being of your pet? Prevention is the key to good dental health. Here a few easy tips to protect your pets’ teeth:
- Brush your dog’s teeth regularly with pet friendly toothpaste.
- Give them rawhides or dental sticks which will help to scrap plaque and tartar.
- Treat bad breath with specially designed oral sprays and mints that will reduce bad breath and prevent tartar buildup.
- Make an appointment with your veterinarian for a cleaning and oral checkup.
- Make sure you choose products that have the VOHC seal from the Veterinary Oral Health Council. This guarentees an effective product that has been throughly tested and researched.
Good dental habits are just as important for your pet as they are for you. Help improve your pet’s health and longevity by keeping their teeth clean. Keep that dog breath at bay and schedule an appointment with us today.