Pet Hygiene (Dental Hygiene)

As humans, we brush our teeth at least twice a day. We also floss, use antibacterial mouthwashes, apply enamel-enhancing treatments and do a myriad of other things to keep our mouths healthy.  When it comes to our kids, we go to great lengths to instill good dental hygiene habits.  Yet, sometimes, we forget to pay attention to the dental health of our furry family members.  Pets are equally at risk for dental problems if we are not tentative to their pearly whites. In order to keep our pets’ teeth and gums healthy, here are a few easy steps to incorporate into your pet’s dental hygiene routine:

1. Be sure to schedule regular appointments with your Veterinarian.
According to the American Veterinary Medical AssAs humans, we brush our teeth at least twice a day. We also floss, use antibacterial mouthwashes, apply enamel-enhancing treatments and do a myriad of other things to keep our mouths healthy.  When it comes to our kids, we go to great lengths to instill good dental hygiene habits.  Yet, sometimes, we forget to pay attention to the dental health of our furry family members.  Pets are equally at risk for dental problems if we are not tentative to their pearly whites. In order to keep our pets’ teeth and gums healthy, here are a few easy steps to incorporate into your pet’s dental hygiene routine:ociation, pet owners should schedule an appointment sooner if you notice the following in your pup:
    • Broken teeth and roots
    • Periodontal disease
    • Abscesses or infected teeth
    • Cysts or tumors in the mouth
    • Malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth and bite
    • Broken (fractured) jaw
    • Palate defects (such as cleft palate)


      2. Brush your pet’s teeth at home.
      • Our bamboo toothbrushesare eco-friendly and do not contain any glue, toxins, or paint. The dental-grade nylon bristles are made from recyclable material, and the ergonomic handle is coated with soybean wax to make brushing your dog’s teeth a breeze.
      • A pea-sized amount of our Canine Tooth Gelgoes a long way when used 2-3 times per week. The sweet potato and cinnamon used in the formula taste like a treat for your pet while fighting plaque and freshening their breath.

       

      3. Special dental food and treats can help to reduce plaque and tartar buildup between brushings.
      • Be sure to consult with your veterinarian and create a diet plan that is conducive for your pet’s individual needs. 

      Incorporating these tips into your pet’s dental hygiene routine will help maintain good oral health and help avoid the pain and discomfort of dental problems down the road.

       To learn more about doggie dental health, visit www.avma.org.


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