You've been taking care of your teeth and gums throughout your life, but have you been doing the same for your pet? Just like you, your pet needs dental care - regular, professional care from your veterinarian and effective daily home care from you are needed to keep your pet's mouth healthy.
Plaque is a colorless film that contains large amounts of bacteria. If left unchecked, plaque builds up, creating infection, destroying gums and resulting in the loss of tissues and bone that support the teeth. Plaque should be removed from your pets teeth every day before it mineralizes into tartar.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
All pets are at risk of developing dental problems. Once your pet displays any of the warning signs below, serious periodontal disease may already be present.
*Yellow - brown crust on teeth
*Change in behavior
*Change of chewing or eating habits
*Poor Oral Hygiene: Ignoring the condition of your pet's mouth can lead to periodontal disease, tooth loss and other serious health problems, such as heart, liver, and kidney failure.
*Breed: Periodontal disease is more common in smaller breeds of dogs and certain breeds of cats.
*Age: Periodontal disease is more common as pets grow older.
Steps to Better Oral Care
*Visit your veterinarian: If signs of disease are evident, a treatment plan will be recommended.
It is important for the overall health of your pet to take care of any problems that are found.
*Start an oral care routine at home: Home dental care is the key to keeping your pet's mouth healthy. Brushing your pets teeth daily, feeding dental food and / or treats, and using oral rinses are all options to use at home.Below are some options for daily oral care:
-Brushing: . Brushing removes plaque and bacteria from the teeth. Daily brushing is the best method to keep your pet's mouth healthy
-Oral Rinses: C.E.T.'s anti plaque Oral Hygiene Rinse is easy to use - just apply between your petís cheek and gum for plaque control without brushing.
-Food & Treats: Hill's Prescription Diet, weather used as your pet's main diet or as a treat, will help to reduce tartar, gingivitis, stains, and bad breath. C.E.T. HEXtra Chews contain Chlorhexidine, a antibacterial and plaque fighting agent. They are easy to chew and digest, and are the easiest method of care for pet owners, but should be used with brushing for best results.
Whichever methods you choose to use, some dental care is better than none!
C.E.T HEXtra is a registered trademark of Virbac Corp.
Hill's Prescription Diet and t/d are trademarks owned by Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
Information taken in part from Hills, "Pets Need Dental Care, Too". 2007.