Dogs Cats Exotics
Dental Home Care
Why it's important for every pet
Periodontal disease is not only the number one dental disease in dogs and cats, but it is also the number one health problem in dog and cats. In fact by the age of three, 80% of all dogs and 70% of all cats show signs of dental disease. The bacteria causing dental disease can seed to other organs of the body and is frequently involved in heart and kidney disease in dogs and cats. Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth that progresses through stages. Plaque and tarter form first in the cracks of the teeth and at the gum line. At this point the plaque is not fixed, and brushing can dislodge it. However, if the plaque is not removed, inflammation of the gums or "gingivitis" can form causing the gums to become red, swollen and bloody. The plaque can harden onto tarter that can separate the tooth from the gum. Plaque can then form under the gum line and subsequently cause pus to form at the tooth root, impacting the tooth. Finally, the boney socket holding the tooth can erode and cause the tooth to fall out. This is all very painful process for your pet that can usually be prevented or slowed by adequate dental home care. However, as the pain is chronic and slowly progressive, it is not readily evident to the owner.
Q. Who needs dental home care and when should I start?
A. All dogs and cats should be provided with dental home care starting at 4 months of age (or earlier) when the permanent teeth erupt.
Q. What is the best way to care for my pet's teeth?
A. brushing the teeth daily is one of the most reliable ways to prevent dental disease in pets
Q. How often should I brush my pet's teeth?
A. It is best to brush your pet's teeth every day or every other day right after a meal
Q. My pet is really resistant to brushing, is there anything else I can do?
A. It is always best to start brushing your pet's teeth at a very young age (4 months or earlier) so that they become use to it as soon as possible. However you should not just stick a toothbrush in your pet's mouth; make sure you start slowly.