How to Care for Your Pet’s Teeth and Gums
- Symptoms of dental problems in dogs
- How to brush your pet’s teeth at home
- Buy pet products made in the U.S.A. to ensure safety
- Simple ways to improve your dog’s bad breath
Dental Care for Dogs, and Cats too!
As a pet owner, you play an important role in your doggy’s dental hygiene and overall health. A daily, in-home pet dental care routine and annual vet checkups will help your pet live a longer, healthier and happier life.
80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental condition by the age of 3, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Common Dental Problems in Pets
Although cavities are less prevalent in cats and dogs than people, they can still be affected by the same painful dental health issues. Take your four-legged friend to the vet if you observe any of the following symptoms:
- Broken or loose teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Reduced appetite
- Refusal to eat
- Abnormal chewing
- Excessive drooling
- Pain in or around the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Swelling around the mouth
Changes in your pet’s behavior may also indicate a dental problem. Remember to be careful when evaluating your dog’s mouth — even the sweetest pets may bite or snap if they are in pain.
Periodontal Disease, The Reason Your Dog’s Teeth are Falling Out
Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats. Early detection and treatment are critical because periodontal disease in advanced form can lead to other, more severe health problems in your pet’s heart, liver and kidneys.
It begins when plaque hardens and become tartar. The tartar that settles above the gum line can often be seen and easily removed, but if it’s located below the gum line it can damage the tissues connecting the teeth to the jaw bone. Ouch! In the final stages, teeth can become loose or fall out due to the destroyed tissues.
If it does get to this degree, the best thing you can do for your dog is seek professional care. Treatment includes a deep cleaning done by a veterinarian, who will make recommendations based on the health of your pet’s teeth and gums.
How to Clean Your Dog’s Teeth at Home
Fortunately, most pet dental problems are easily treated and prevented. Ensure optimal hygiene and overall health with these useful tips that will keep your pet’s tail wagging. For expert advice, discuss with a veterinarian about any dental products, treats and foods that you’re considering for your pooch.
- Brush their teeth and gums daily
- Give them safe, non-abrasive toys
- Provide your pets with fresh water
- Select a diet to improve pet’s dental health
- Clean their food and water bowls often
- Use a teeth cleaning pen and oral spray
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Dr. Brite Pet Dental Care Products
We know that your pet’s depend on their teeth and gums to support a happy and healthy life. So we’ve created two pet dental care products that help enhance and maintain your dog’s oral hygiene.
Pet Pure Teeth and Gum Cleaning Pen. Our cleaning pen formula works to clean, freshen breath and prevent plaque buildup. Application is easy and pain-free with the pen’s innovative silicone tip that provides a gentle yet effective cleansing application.
Pet Pure Oral Cleansing Spray. This oral care solution acts quickly to help fight bacteria and tartar buildup. A few sprays into your pet’s mouth delivers an effective treatment without causing discomfort to sensitive teeth and gums.
Made With All-Natural, Organic Ingredients
You want the best for your best friend. We do too. That’s why Dr. Brite uses the highest-quality, organic ingredients in our all-natural pet dental care products. Here are a few of our ingredients that you and your pets will love.
- Vitamin C helps improve gum health
- Natural parsley seed oil freshens breath
- Organic coconut oil may protect against gingivitis
- Non-GMO grapefruit seed extract cleans teeth
Show your dog how much you love them by practicing a consistent dental care routine, providing them with lots of exercise and taking them for regular vet checkups. Oh yes, and don’t forget the treats!