Keeping the teeth of your dogs and even your cat’s teeth clean is very important for their overall health. Not only does clean teeth keep their breath smelling fresh it also helps to boost their overall health, happiness and longevity.
Over time plaque and tartar can build up on the teeth which can cause bad breath and can lead to the loss of your pet’s teeth. Serious dental issues can also lead to painful infections and even damage to internal organs. A regular dental routine along with a good diet can aim to avoid these issues.
A dental routine to achieve clean teeth can be achieved by using toothpastes, dental chews and a dental based diet.
Tooth brushing is known to be the single most effective way of removing plaque. There are several different types of tooth brushes and toothpastes available for dogs and cats.
Toothbrushes are available in handled and finger brushes. The long handled brush allows the owner to have a longer handle to hold. The MDC Finger Toothbrush is ideal for owners that are reluctant to insert a toothbrush into their pet’s mouth. The finger brush is soft and pliable with soft and smooth surfaces with the bristles cleaning the pet’s teeth.
It is advised not to use a human toothbrush to clean your pet’s teeth.
There are also several different types of toothpastes available. They are available in different pack sizes and flavours to suit your pet. Logic Oral Hygiene Gel is suitable for cats and dogs of all ages. It is based on a multi-enzyme patented system that supplements the animal’s own defence mechanism to help fight harmful bacteria in the mouth. The multi-enzyme formula helps maintain a normal balance of micro organisms in the mouth whilst the mild abrasives help break down existing plaque. The gel also contains a surfactant which ensures that the active ingredients remain in contact with the teeth and gums. If your pet refuses to allow the teeth to be brushed Logic Oral Hygiene Gel can be applied to the pet’s paw for the dog or cat to lick off or can be applied directly into the mouth.
Dental chews are widely available from various brands, the chew itself will differ in size due to breed types and are designed to be a treat for your pet.
The chewing action will help to reduce the build up of plaque and help fight bad breath. Often the chews contain a multi enzyme and antibacterial complex which alongside the chewing action will massage the teeth and gums therefore removing any food particles which can cause bad breath.
The chews will often be low in calorie and only need to be fed once a day. Logic Orozyme Dental Chews are ideal and can be used alongside a toothpaste.
Water additives like Vet Aquadent can also be used to freshen the breath and reduce dental plaque. This additive is added to the pets drinking water and should be changed daily.
Veterinary diets are also available to help reduce the amount of plaque on the teeth. The diets are complete with the added benefit of reducing development of dental plaque, tartar and combating bad breath. The food is in a dry composition and the chewing action will help reduce the plaque build up on the teeth. Royal Canin Veterinary Dental diet is ideal under the supervision of a vet.
Some cats and dogs may require veterinary advice and treatment for dental issues. Vets can remove damaged teeth and perform a scale and polish.