Prevention of dental disease should be as much as a part of your pets routine care as vaccinations, worming and flea control.
We appreciate that dental care can be quite difficult to do and so we have compiled a list of care options, which will hopefully suit every pet.
Use products given as treats to encourage chewing - this can include chews, rasks, rubber and nylon toys etc. Try to avoid very hard objects as these can damage the teeth and gums. Another possibility is the use of a dental diet, for example Hills TD diet. This has been formulated in such a way to help clean your pets teeth as he bites them.
All of these products help with the mechanical abraison and increased saliva production (which helps to slow down oral bacteria). C.E.T chews for dogs and cats are a combination of a course texture to help clean teeth whilst chewing and an enzyme which inhibits the growth of plaque forming bacteria. Most pets will allow at least one of the above products to be used - even the most difficult of pets! Ideally, these should be used in conjuntion with one of the following:
The daily use of an oral hygeine gel such as Logic Hygeine Gel can be beneficial. This prodcut contains anti plaque agents. You simply smear it onto your oets teeth (or better still brush it on) and it gets to work in the mouth by helping to prevent the formation of plaque. Plaque-off is another similar product, which is a powder that can be sprinkled on food.
More Difficult Care:
This involves brushing your pets teeth and is the best method for keeping teeth clean. Below are some tips for brushing:
Make sure that your cat or dog is comfortable and treat this as a game.
Start off with just a few front teeth and gradually increase the number of teeth cleaned at a time. Use a finger brush to start off with, and once your pet has got used to this, change over to a tooth brush.
Start by concentrating on the area where the teeth meet the gums and on the outside of the teeth. Once your pet has got used to this, try to brusg the inner surface of the teeth - gently hold the head back and put the brush into the mouth itself.
Brush with a gentle circular action.
Push the toothpaste into the bristles of the brush - if you just put it on the surface your pet will devour it!
Remember to use a toothpaste specifically formulated for dogs and cats. Do not use human toothpaste as they contain foaming agents and high levels of floride which should not be swallowed.
Remember to reward your pet afterwards!