If you don't brush your teeth and floss, you're going to hear it from your dentist. Regular brushing and flossing as well as avoiding added sugars and acidic foods is the best prescription for healthy teeth and gums. When you skip maintenance or regular dentist visits, this is when you run into trouble.
The same holds true for your pets. If you notice that your pet's breath is getting a little funkier of late, you shouldn't ignore it. Bad breath isn't just an annoyance; it could be a sign of a greater health condition. In addition to that, plaque and tartar buildup could potentially cause periodontal disease, which is painful for your pet and can spread to other organs in your pet's body.
So it's time to get serious about your pet's dental health. And now is a perfect time. February is National Pet Dental Health Month and what better way to celebrate than getting your pet's breath under control? If you're wondering where to start, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Start Slowly with the Introduction to Brushing: Unless you are the luckiest pet owner in the world, your cat or dog is not going to welcome the toothbrush with open paws. It's going to be a slow process that will probably involve a lot of treats. Let them smell the brush and touch it and then reward them with a treat. Slowly get them comfortable to the point where you can brush their teeth for about thirty seconds on each side. If they get scared or bite or claw you, you might have to start again or try a different route.
Purchase Dental Treats, Toys, and Food: Although these are not as effective as brushing, they can help. Just be sure they are designed for oral health and have been certified by the Veterinary Oral Health Council.
Use a Dental Rinse: Dental rinses are becoming increasingly popular for pets that have no interest in having their teeth brushed. Ask your veterinarian if this is an option. Speaking of that…
Take You Pet to the Vet for a Dental Exam: Your vet will review your pet's history and examine the pet for any issues. Your vet will look for inflamed gums, chipped teeth, plaque and tartar, and more. Your vet will also check your pet for lumps and other symptoms to rule out cancer and other harmful conditions that could be affecting dental health. He or she may also recommend a cleaning, which, although will require sedation, may help your pet significantly in the long run.
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