Dental care for pets has received more attention in recent years. By the age of four, more than 70% of domestic dogs show signs of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss, bacterial infections, and any number of periodontal diseases. Gum disease in cats can lead to heart and kidney disease. Good oral hygiene is now recognized as a must for pets.
Although dogs and cats rarely get cavities, they are prone to gum disease and excess tartar build-up. Food particles and bacteria collect along the gumline forming plaque. Routine home care can remove this plaque.
If plaque is not removed, minerals in the saliva combine with the plaque and form tartar which adheres strongly to the teeth. Plaque starts to mineralize 3-5 days after it forms. The tartar is irritating to the gums and causes gingivitis and bad breath. If not removed, it can lead to periodontal disease which is very painful and can lead to loose teeth, abscesses, and bone loss or infection.
Prevention and Treatment
- Feed a
hard kibble food or biscuit once a day to help clean the teeth.
the teeth at least weekly. Brush in
a circular motion with a chlorhexidine toothpaste.
the folds of skin around the mouth clean and free of food with dental cleansers.
for warning signs of gum disease such as bad breath, red, swollen gums,
tarter or bleeding gums.
for discolored, fractured or missing teeth and any bumps or masses.
table scraps and sweet treats to prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
- Use dental toys, dental chews, rawhide chips, rope toys, etc.
your veterinarian regularly.
Review the Revival Animal Health catalogs for information on these and other recommended products.
Tarter Remover Oral Rinse
Dental Treats Toothpaste/toothbrush
Oral hygiene gel Nolvadent
The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of a qualified veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.
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