Dental disease conditions are some of the most common and most preventable problems seen by vets. Your pet's teeth are just as important as your own. To aid in the prevention of dental problems, it is necessary to establish a regular care routine as soon as possible. Your dog or cat will become used to a routine in the same way that children will, and it can even become an enjoyable fun time for both you and your pet.
In the first stages of dental disease there may be few signs, but as the condition progresses you may notice -
- bad breath
- red or swollen gums
- discoloured, loose or missing teeth
The main cause of dental problems is a build up of a sticky, colourless, bacteria-laden film on the teeth called 'plaque' and if this is not removed it hardens into calculus or tartar which can be seen as an orange-brown coating. This becomes firmly attached to the teeth and digs into the gums, causing inflammation (gingivitis) and further extending to affect the tooth socket (peridontitis). Without treatment the tooth socket can become infected, leading to the loss of the tooth.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
The most effective method of prevention is for your pet's teeth to be brushed daily if possible, or if this is not practical, then on a frequent basis e.g. twice a week.Brushing can be linked with use of other options such as dental chews to help maintain healthy gums.
Introduce a dental hygiene regimen by massaging the teeth and gums with your finger while praising and reassuring the animal. Once accustomed to massage, put a dab of toothpaste on your finger and repeat the exercise. Once this is established, you can introduce the use of a Dentipet Finger Brush or Toothbrush.
Remember when you are using a brush, to move it in a circular motion and not scrub at the teeth. Rinsing is not necessary, and afterwards, a small treat can be used as a reward for sitting still.