We all know that feeding our pets a healthy and balanced diet is essential to their overall health, but a solid dental care regime is just as important. Cats and dogs can begin to show signs of periodontal disease at a young age, depending on their breed, eating habits and genetics.
Periodontal disease is characterized by a build-up of plaque and tarter on teeth above and below the gum line. Removing plaque buildup and keeping your pet’s teeth clean is crucial as this disease can lead to gum infection, tooth loss and other health problems if left untreated.
Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly is the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy. We suggest starting a cleaning regime when your pet is young so they get used to the routine. Daily brushing is best, but even brushing a few times a week will be effective and reduce the need to have your pet’s teeth cleaned by a veterinarian.
Over the past few years many easy-to-use yet effective teeth cleaning products have come on the market and will help make your pet’s dental care much easier to manage. Teeth cleaning gels, enzymatic toothpastes and tooth wipes are all simple, inexpensive options if used on a regular basis.
Anaesthetic-free teeth cleaning has become another popular choice if you want your dog or cat’s teeth ‘professionally’ cleaned but we would recommend visiting your veterinarian to determine the best treatment plan for your pet.