The Ultimate Guide to Your Pet's Dental Health
Love your pet’s kisses but can’t stand the stinky breath? Then you should be concerned about your furry friend’s dental health.
Clinically known as halitosis, bad breath in pets could lead to serious health problems affecting their teeth, gums, and more severely, major organs including heart, liver and kidney. According to American Veterinary Medical Association, gum disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats, and 80% of pets develop signs of dental issues by the age of three. That’s why you need to take care of your pet’s dental health before it becomes a problem.
Fortunately, combining daily dental care at home and regular checkups at the vet can prevent serious dental problems in pets. Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, we want to share a few helpful tips for you to take care of your furry friend’s dental health.
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Brush Your Pet’s Teeth
Remember the first time you tried to give your pet a pedicure? Getting your pet used to tooth brushing is, similarly, another gradual process. Investing in regular tooth brushing can effectively prevent the build-up of plaque, tartar, and calculus in their mouths (which could lead to painful gum disease).
Not sure how to brush your pet’s teeth? We have a few tips that might just do the trick:
Start young. Puppies and kittens are the best age to be introduced to a toothbrush. But don’t worry, pets in different age groups can learn to love tooth brushing - if you take it slow.
Be patient. Some cats and dogs do not mind the act of brushing their teeth. But not every pet is ok with it in the beginning. It might take months for them to get used to brushing. So be patient, it will take a few practices!
Use the right tool. Use toothbrush and toothpaste made specifically for pets. Human toothbrushes might irritate your pet’s mouth and human toothpaste contains too much fluorides that can be toxic to pets.
Take it slow and gentle. Start off by making your pet comfortable with you touching its mouth. Then raise its lips to expose teeth and gums, and slowly introduce your finger touching its teeth. Do not use toothpaste until they are entirely comfortable with the toothbrush. Remember, take it slow and be patient.
Make it fun. Before and after brushing, praise, pet and play with your pet. Combine brushing with Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) approved chews and treats to establish a positive association with tooth brushing.
Veterinarians recommend brushing your pet’s teeth on a daily or weekly basis. Consult with your vet for specific instructions on how to brush your pet’s teeth.
Try the Alternatives!
No luck getting your pet to like the toothbrush? Fortunately, you can use Teef! Drinkable Dental Health to make your life much easier. Using 100% human-grade ingredients, Teef! Drinkable Dental Health prebiotic strengthens protective bacteria and stops the growth of harmful bacteria and their destructive, smelly by-products, keeping your pet from developing a wide variety of dental health issues.
The best part is it’s safe for both cats and dogs! Simply add the tasteless & odorless powder in fresh water everyday to achieve stronger teeth, healthier gums and fresher breath for your pet (and save you all the hassles of brushing your pet’s teeth).
Learn more about Teef! Drinkable Dental Health here.
Routine Checkups at Your Vet
Early detection can make a big difference in your pet’s dental health. Undetected dental issues could potentially affect pet's teeth, gums, and more severely, organs. Contact your vet immediately if you observe any of the following symptoms:
Broken or loose teeth
Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
Pain in or around the mouth
Bleeding from the mouth
Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth
This National Pet Dental Health Month, let’s all take care of our pets’ dental health, just like we do with ours. Because fur babies are a part of our family.