Maintaining a pet’s oral health is an essential part of its overall care. When it comes to teeth, our four-legged companions can have many of the same dental problems, human beings suffer from, including gum diseases, infections, and cavities and, in worst-case scenarios, cancer.
Henceforth, it’s important to take proper care of your pet(s) teeth, because if left untreated, they might become victim(s) of painful periodontal disease, from which bacteria can spread to other organs and cause devastating illnesses.
According to an alarming statistic, more than 70 percent of dogs and cats, above the age of four are affected by periodontal disease.
In order to help you keep our canine and feline teeth and gums healthy, listed below are few tips:
1. Identify signs of periodontal disease: Around 80 percent of pets suffer from some sort of periodontal disease, once they attain the age of 3. This can range from simple decay to serious conditions like loose teeth, oral or gum infections. It’s important to note that most dental diseases occur below the gum line, and until you know what to look for, they can be hard to detect. However, there are few signs of periodontal disease, which you look for in your pet (S). These include: red gums, tenderness around the mouth, bad breath, weight loss, loose or broken teeth and loss of appetite.
2. Get your pet (s) dental exam and cleaning from a veterinarian: Make regular annual or semi-annual dental check-up a part of your pet’s regular wellness routine. Before your pet (S) ailment becomes a serious issue, get it diagnosed from your vet. Early detection helps in saving pet’s teeth, jaws and gums from serious problems.
3. Brush your pet’s teeth: Pet (S) can greatly benefit from daily home dental care. Quick brushing helps to remove food particles and bacteria, which can lead to decay and disease.
Some useful tips for brushing:
- Don’t use toothpaste made for people or baking soda.
- Use toothbrushes specially made for pets.
- Don’t brush your pet’s teeth after a meal but, rather, in between meals.
- Be sure to use a soft-bristle brush and toothpaste that’s intended for pets.
- Daily brushing is far more effective than weekly or alternate-day brushing.
Start slowly, by using your finger dipped in liquid your pet(s) wouldn’t object to.
4. Treat your pet to healthy tooth diet: Giving your furry friend(s) treats, toys and food specifically designed to promote dental health, helps to maintain their healthy jaws, teeth and gums. But before you invest into treats, make sure to check for the Seal of Acceptance from the Veterinary Oral Health Council, in order to meet the standards for effective plaque and tartar control. While looking for toys, pick the ones that specifically say they don’t contain any toxic chemicals or materials. Always remember to feed your pet(s) the right type of food on a regular basis—alternate between soft and teeth-beneficial hard food.
5. Invest in pet health insurance: Dental treatment for pets can get expensive. Hence, investing in pet health insurance can help reduce the costs of treatment and make it more affordable. Don’t let the cost of a treatment and procedure come in the way of your dear fluffy friend(s) health.