Pets can’t brush their own teeth, so it’s up to you to make sure they are getting the dental care they need. As pet owners ourselves, we know how expensive it can be to keep your pet happy and healthy. That is why we’ve created this guide for buying dental care products in India.
Why should I get my pet’s teeth cleaned?
Cleaning your pet’s teeth is one of the best investments you can make in their health. The American Veterinary Dental Society estimates that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by age three, which may cause pain or difficulty eating. Dogs often need to visit a vet for professional tooth cleaning, but it is possible to do some light brushing at home. It isn’t recommended for puppies under six months old because they are still developing permanent teeth.
Brush your dog’s teeth with cat-safe products (some pet stores carry these) using circular motions on their molars and flat surfaces near the gum line two times per week if you don’t brush more than once a day already and once a day if you do. Gently rub their gums with your finger to ensure that the toothbrush will reach all surfaces of their teeth, and spit out any excess saliva after brushing. You should also look for pet foods that are enriched with calcium or other mineral supplements, which help prevent dental disease by strengthening enamel.
How often should I have my pet’s teeth cleaned?
A vet will generally recommend a dental cleaning for your pet once every year or two. If you notice any signs of plaque on the teeth (brown buildup), bleeding, bad breath, drooling and difficulty chewing food then it may be time to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
What is the best way to brush my pet’s teeth?
Brush your pet’s teeth every day, just like you would with a child. If possible, use either an electric or manual toothbrush to brush the surface of their teeth and gums for about two minutes each time. If they are resistant, try using one finger from another hand to gently rub their gum line while brushing. You should also use pet toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush.
Why is dental care important for my pet’s oral health?
Dental care is important for your pet’s oral health because it can prevent bad breath, gum disease, and tooth loss. If plaque builds up on the teeth over time then this gathers toxins that will cause inflammation and infection in the gums and mouth.
What are the signs that my pet needs a dental cleaning?
Signs of dental disease in your pet can be bad breath, gum inflammation, tooth loss, or the presence of plaque and tartar on their teeth.
Bad Breath: If you notice that your pet has a very strong odor coming from his mouth then this could mean they are suffering from dental decay. The smell may be so intense that you can smell it in the air when you are near your pet.
Gum Inflammation: This is a sign that plaque and tartar may be building upon their teeth which will lead to more long-term dental problems.
Tooth Loss: You know your pet needs dental care if they have any of their teeth missing from either an accident or due to decay. It’s important for them to replace lost dentition because even with just one tooth left, this could cause other teeth around it to shift into their place in order for support so there isn’t a breakdown of bone tissue (osteoclasts).
Plaque & Tartar Build Up: If you see brownish-yellow deposits on your pet’s teeth, this is plaque. If you see a brown crust-like substance on their teeth, then that’s tartar and should be removed as soon as possible because if left untreated it can harden into calculus or calcite crystals which will lead to dental problems in the future.
Periodontal Disease: Periodontal disease occurs when your pet has inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), where pus builds up under them from bacteria in their mouth. It also happens when there are deep pockets formed by gum recession caused by bone loss around teeth near the roots that hold them together due to damage from tooth brushing or lack of attention to oral care for way too long).
Gum Recession: This occurs when people brush too hard, in which case the gums will recede away from their teeth.
Infections: Pets can become infected if they lick wounds, swallow pieces of food that have not been chewed enough or come into contact with other animals’ droppings. Dogs and cats are also prone to dental problems because they cannot brush their own teeth, so it is up to you as a pet owner to do so for them.
What can I do to prevent tooth decay in my pets’ mouths?
Tooth decay is a common dental problem in pets. Home care can prevent tooth decay from occurring, but it does not always work because there are many reasons for a pet’s teeth to become decayed which include a diet that contains too much sugar and carbohydrates. Brushing your pet’s teeth with fluoride containing products without enough frequency – especially if you have hard water this will lead to the build-up of calcium phosphate on your pet’s teeth (a process known as tartar).
This build-up causes bacteria in their mouths to produce acids that erode away at the enamel coating on their teeth. If plaque builds up on your furry friend’s tongue they may swallow it leading them down an unpleasant path as a result of their digestive system. Dental care for pets is not just about brushing and cleaning teeth though, it also includes dental chews that can be frozen to help remove plaque from the mouth.
We hope you find the best dental care products for your pet. Also, don’t forget about all of the other cool recommendations we have for other pet supplies!