It is important to take your pet’s oral health seriously. Poor dental health can result in not only medical problems related to your pet’s teeth and gums, but poor oral health has the potential to also cause serious issues for your pet’s internal organs. So, where should you start?
Build A Dental Health Routine!
Establishing a dental health routine is not only great for your pet, but it will also help you keep on top of your pet’s health, should any issues arise. Your routine should include:
Daily brushing is key to a healthy dental routine. When starting, use your finger or a finger brush to get your pet used to the feeling of having their teeth brushed and you can gradually move to a larger brush as they get more comfortable. Pet toothpaste can also make this more enjoyable for your pet, we’ll talk about the importance of pet tooth paste a little later in this article.
Your pet’s food can have an important role in their oral health. Dry kibble that is designed to help with dental health works to remove plaque as your pet chews. Dental food is great and certainly gives your routine a boost, but it should be used in addition to other items that help with oral health, such as brushing, supplements, toys and treats.
Dental supplements can be added to your pet’s food or water to help with their oral health. Some of our favourites are Wysong DentaTreat and PlaqueOff Animal, which are both natural powders you sprinkle on your pet’s food. They help discourage the growth of bad bacterial that causes plaque and bad breath.
- Dental Toys and Treats
Dental health can be fun! Pick up toys and treats specifically designed to help remove plaque and tartar. The shape of dental toys and treats encourage your pet to chew and scrub, keeping gums and teeth healthy. Dental toys are durable, allowing your pet time to chew them without breaking them. Keeping your pet’s teeth free of plaque and tartar is the key to stopping the onset of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
How do pets get periodontal disease? Just like us, food and bacteria collect along your pet’s gum line, which creates plaque. A sign of your pet having plaque is bad breath – yuck! Saliva in your pet’s mouth, combined with the plaque, creates tartar. If the tartar isn’t removed, the tartar will build up and impact the gums. Your pet’s gums can become irritated, inflamed and very sensitive, which can also lead to a loss of appetite and difficulty and pain chewing. When gums are experiencing these symptoms, this is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease. If left untreated, the bad bacteria will make its way into your pet’s bloodstream and cause serious issues for your pet’s kidneys, liver or heart.
Why Pet Toothpaste Is A Must
February is Pet Dental Month and this means pet parents are spending extra time this month brushing and flossing their pets teeth (kidding on the flossing). But, before you grab your tube of toothpaste from your bathroom and start scrubbing, here are some reasons why you and your pet should not share products and why you need proper pet toothpaste to keep your pet’s mouth clean, safe and healthy
- Pets don’t rinse or spit, they swallow. Which means whatever products you use on your pet’s teeth need to be safe for them. Pet toothpaste is designed to be swallowed. Human toothpaste contains fluoride, which is hazardous to pets and cannot be swallowed.
- Have you ever wanted to try beef, chicken or peanut butter flavoured toothpaste? Yuck! Obviously, the flavours of pet toothpaste are designed so your pets find them tasty and make the overall experience a little more enjoyable for them.
- Enzymatic pet toothpaste is specially formulated to help reduce plaque and unique bacteria from your pet’s mouth while also working to neutralize bad doggy or kitty breath. This is not the same formulation that is used for human toothpaste.
- Pets don’t like foaming action of toothpaste in their mouth, so unlike our toothpaste, pet toothpaste doesn’t contain any of the chemicals needed for toothpaste to foam. The chemicals that create that foaming action can make your pet sick.