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Three Pet Teeth Tips

Providing good dental care to your pet is important to their overall health. However when it comes to pet dental care, many of us still remain in the dark; unaware that we may be causing undue oral pain and discomfort to our fur-friends.  Read on to learn about the dangers of Peridontal Disease and tips on how to keep your canine’s canines in top shape.
 



Peridontal Disease
Peridontal Disease, an infection resulting from the build up of soft dental plaque on the surfaces of the teeth around the gums, is an extremely common dental ailment affecting both cats and dogs.  If plaque is allowed to accumulate, the bacteria in the plaque irritate the gums, which often leads to infection in the gums surrounding the teeth.  Peridontal Disesase can be broken up into three stages:
 

Early StageModerate StageAdvanced Stage
  • red thin line running along pets gums
  • teeth have been neglected for several years
  • Bad breath; gums are irritated and can often bleed, particularly when feeding
  • development of mouth odours
  • 1/3 to 1/2 of root attachement has deteriorated
  • Root attachments deteriorated; teeth and gums may fall out
  • brownish coloured deposits located on back of pets teeth (gingivitis)
  • Some bone structure gone, presence of bad breath and noticeably unattractive teeth
  • Pet is in extreme pain


Management & Prevention:  Chewing and Brushing

Brushing:
Daily brushing of your pets teeth would be ideal; to help remove any plaque build up that has occurred.  However, let’s face it; everyday isn’t going to happen, so aim for brushing your pet’s teeth at least three times a week.  The reason you want to brush this often is to stop plaque, which is a mixture of bacteria, saliva and food particles, from forming.  While plaque is soft, it’s still easy to remove.

When getting started with a tooth brushing routine, you should set the toothbrush aside at first and just introduce the toothpaste to your pet on your finger. A product such as Dentipet Toothpaste is an excellent choice because it cleans your pet’s teeth and has a tasty beef flavour your pet will enjoy.  After introducing a tooth brush, be sure to concentrate on brushing the outside of the teeth and on the back teeth; because these areas tend to build up tartar the most.  Also try St Franics Cinnamon & Tea Tree Oil Toothapaste; a natural remedy used for dental hygiene.

Chewing:

Having something to chew on can fulfil multiple requirements for our pets.  It helps them exercise their teeth, gums and jaw, and more specifically, chewing helps to remove plaque, and results in a pet with healthier teeth and gums.  There are many different types of chew toys and products on the market so be sure to find the one that suits your pet; you don’t want a chew toy that wreaks havoc on your pets health!

Greenies Dental Treats are proven to clean dog’s teeth by fighting both plaque and tartar build up, thus maintaining healthy teeth and gums.  Also available for cats, Greenies Dental Treats are low in fat and can be fed to your pet daily.  Bones are another good chew toy that helps keep our pets mouths clean however exercise caution before feeding your pets bones, particularly cooked bones, as these can splinter and internally injure your pet.  Although not edible, chew toys such as the KONG Dental or the KONG Dental with Rope may be a good choice, especially for dogs that chew through edible treats too quickly.
  

 

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