Oral Hygiene and your Pet

Posted on: April 10, 2018

Oral Hygiene and your Pet


 Getting up in the morning and brushing your teeth may be second nature to all of us but what about our pets? Oral hygiene is just as important for your pet as it is for you. Below are 8 reasons why you should keep up on your pets oral health.


  1. Healthy teeth mean your pet is going to have better breath and can give you kisses without a bad smell.


  1. it’s possible for pets to have retained baby teeth. It’s also common for these types of teeth to cause problems. The issue that arises is some of a pet’s adult teeth come in before all of their baby teeth fall out. The complications this can lead to include tartar buildup and gum irritation.


  1. Dental disease doesn’t only affect a pet’s mouth. It can also result in long-term problems with major organs, including the heart.


  1. one of the reasons it’s so important to spread awareness about this issue is 80% of pets over the age of 3 years have some form of periodontal disease. Plaque buildup is a leading cause of this type of disease, which is why it’s crucial to get regular checkups and cleanings from a Veterinarian.


  1. Since oral health is a reflection of a pet’s overall health, staying on top of this issue can help protect your pet from a variety of other potential health problems.


  1. Pets are quite good at hiding pain. This can be true for issues with their teeth. So you can’t depend on your pet to give any hints that there’s a problem with its teeth. Instead, you need regular dental checkups to spot any potential or existing problems.


  1. It is possible for pets to lose their adult teeth as a result of oral health issues. Since losing teeth can be painful and cause health problems, it’s not something you want your pet to experience.


  1. Even if your pet doesn’t lose its teeth, they can wear out. Dogs and cats often put a lot of strain on their teeth. Having a relationship with an experienced Veterinarian will allow this issue to be addressed before it becomes a major problem.

Tips for Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

 The best starting point for taking care of your pet’s teeth is to collaborate with your vet. Once that process is on the right track, you can support those efforts by regularly brushing your pet’s teeth at home. It is best to start brushing early and get your pet used to the idea of it. If your pet wants no part of this process please do not overwhelm them. Talk to your veterinarian and they can give you advice on the best way to maintain your pet’s oral health without upsetting the pet or causing injury to yourself.

 A double-headed brush is a great choice because it will allow you to brush at a forty-five-degree angle and clean below your pet's gum line. You’ll also want to be sure to only use toothpaste made specifically for dogs, as the fluoride found in almost all human toothpaste, can actually be very toxic to pets.

 By making dental care a priority for your pet, you can ensure it stays very happy and healthy