Did you know that “doggie breath” is not normal? Well, it’s true! If your pet has bad breath, it can be a symptom of an oral health problem, including tooth decay and gum disease. Oral health issues can be a common issue for many pets. In fact, approximately 70% of cats & 80% of dogs have some degree of periodontal disease. Luckily, Pet Dental Month has brought awareness and tips for solving these common issues. Here are a few facts and tips to chew on about how to keep your cat and dog’s mouths healthy.
First of all, ask your veterinarian to inspect your pet’s teeth. Your vet may give you pointers on the specific needs of your pet. Then at home, you can regularly take these simple steps to help maintain your cat or dog’s healthy mouth.
You can help keep your pet healthy by regularly inspecting their mouth. For instance, check their gums. They should be pink, not white or red. They should not be swollen. Often, signs of an arising oral health issue can include bad breath, difficulty chewing, pain, or discolored saliva.
You can also use special toothpaste and mouthwash for your pet. Many toothpastes are made specially for cats or dogs. Ask your veterinarian for suggestions. If your puppy is less than six months old, don’t use toothpaste that contains fluoride. If it’s your first time brushing your cat or dog’s teeth, first help them get used to the sensations. For a couple weeks, massage their gums with your finger or a cotton swab daily. Be sure to use toothbrushes made specifically for cats or dogs.
You can also try pet foods made to help remove plaque. Be sure to give your cat hard food, not soft food. Your cat or dog’s sharply shaped molars are designed for chewing hard food, which can be healthy for their teeth. Canned pet foods often contribute tooth decay, as they can get lodged between teeth and contribute to dental plaque.
What is the most enjoyable way to keep your cat and dog’s teeth healthy? Give them chew toys! These can help keep their teeth strong, and they can remove plaque.
Taking these steps, you can help keep your beloved pet healthy. Your pet’s breath will smell better, and we are sure you’ll be happy about that!
Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment and consultation.
Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.