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Keep Your Pet's Teeth Healthy & Strong

Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential for all animals, including our beloved pets. Just like humans, pets need regular dental care to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Regular teeth cleaning and brushing can help keep your pet’s mouth stay healthy and free from infection. Pet dental health is not only important for their physical well-being but also for their mental health as it can help them feel more comfortable and happier. With the right oral hygiene routine, you can ensure that your pet’s mouth stays healthy and happy for years to come!

Tip #1: Regularly Brush Your Pet's Teeth

Regular brushing is one of the best ways to do this. Brushing your pet's teeth can help prevent plaque build-up, bad breath, and other issues. It also helps maintain good oral hygiene for your beloved pet. This can be added to your dog or cat’s daily routine to help them get used to the sensation. Try and use a small toothbrush gently in their mouths, finger brushes are also available if this is easier for your pet, and these can come in smaller sizes for puppies or kittens. Be sure to give them lots of positive reinforcement and treats!

Tip #2: Provide Dental Chews and Treats

Providing your pet with healthy dental treats and chews is another way to keep on top of your pet’s oral health. Not only do these treats provide them with essential nutrients, but they’re also a great way to keep their teeth in top shape, help reduce plaque build-up and even keep their breath fresh! Natural chews like animal ears can also help, as well as specific dental toys, as the action of chewing will help reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar.

Tip #3: Ask your Vet

Regular vet visits help ensure that your pet is healthy and happy, and they also give you an opportunity to ask questions and get advice from a professional. Asking for advice on the status of your pet’s teeth is a great way to learn more about prevention methods specific to you and knowing what type of specific treatment they may need if their condition worsens. With this information you can make sure you can make informed choices at an affordable price.

Tip #4: Feed a Balanced Diet

Feeding your pet a balanced diet is essential for their health and wellbeing. Not only does it ensure that they get all the nutrition they need, but it also helps them stay active and maintain a healthy weight.

Using dry food or kibble in particular can be abrasive in the mouth, which helps rub against teeth and gums to move or prevent plaque and resting tartar. If you’re buying commercial treats too, take a look at the packaging to ensure they’re low in sugar or fats. Some people also use hard natural chews such as antlers, but be careful with these as they may cause teeth to break!

Tip #5: Use an Oral Rinse or Gel

Using oral rinses, gels or sprays can also complement your pet’s routine or brushing as they aid in longer lasting fresh breath and providing an anti-bacterial barrier. Sprays can be given to the inside of both cheeks in your pet’s mouth, whereas some solutions can also be added to their fresh drinking water. Be sure to ask your vet before deciding what products to use and be aware some pets may not like the taste!

If you have any questions or are concerned about your pet’s teeth, why not contact us and register your pet to book a free oral health check with one of our vets?