With February being National Pet Dental Health Month, it is time to brush up on your dog’s oral hygiene routine! Making sure your dog has proper dental care can not only help them achieve a dazzling smile but can also prevent several common oral issues that may affect their overall wellbeing. In fact, many vets claim that 85 percent of dogs over the age of 4 suffer from some form of periodontal disease. That’s a lot! To prevent this problem, here are some tips to keep those canine dentures healthy and clean.
BRUSH YOUR PET’S TEETH CORRECTLY
When it comes to brushing your pup’s teeth, it can be a bit daunting. Your dog’s complete inability to sit still during the brushing process can make this a tough task to accomplish. Purchase a safe toothpaste that is pet friendly, and find a toothbrush that fits your pet’s needs. Focus on the outside of the teeth rather than inside area—you don’t need to because their tongue helps to clean the inner surfaces. The best thing to do is to make this task a joyful experience by offering praise and healthy dental treats. The key is to help make teeth cleaning a positive event for them each day!
TREAT YOUR PET TO A DENTAL BONE TO REDUCE PLAQUE AND TARTAR
Dental treats, like Minties Treats, have a unique shape and texture that work in a scraping and scrubbing fashion to help reduce plaque and tartar buildup as your pet chews on their treat. Minties also contain peppermint, dill and fennel, parsley, and chlorophyll to combat bad breath and reduce unpleasant odors. Using treats in your regular dental care routine is a great way to clean and freshen your pet’s teeth.
EXAMINE YOUR PET’S MOUTH REGULARLY
Oftentimes as pet owners we forget the simple and most effective way to determine and detect early signs of oral disease – examining their mouth. Check your pet weekly for reddened gums, yellow or brown tartar collecting on the teeth, abnormal swellings or growths, loose teeth, excessive drooling, or even bad breath. These are all signs that your pet may have an oral disease and should be addressed by your veterinarian. In addition, a complete oral examination should be performed by your veterinarian at least every 6 months.
Remember, even though it is National Pet Dental Health Month, it is important to find a routine to keep your pet’s oral health a priority all year long. A healthy mouth can add years to your pet’s life!