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Important Tips for Pet Oral Health

Updated on June 1, 2012

Pet Oral Health Care

Unknown to many people February has been declared National Pet Dental Health Month by the American Vetinary Medical Association. The campaign was started to raise awareness for the importance of pet oral health care. If you are like most pet owners you may need reminding about caring for your animal's teeth on a day-to-day basis. That is why February has become a month to make pet owners aware of the importance of dental health. It is a good opportunity to give your pet an oral check-up and get back into a dental care regime. Neglecting your pet's oral care can have many serious health risks, so it is important to make caring for your pet's teeth a regular practice.

Neglecting your pet's oral health care will result in the same negative consequences that we would suffer, if we did not brush regularly. The plaque on pet's teeth forms bacteria and can cause gingivitis and other peridontal diseases. If left untreated diseased gums become an open door for bacteria, to travel into the circulatory system of the pet, and possibly infect vital organs. The point remains that your pet's dental health is an important priority in their overall wellness.

How To Clean Your Pet's Teeth

Caring for Your Pet's Teeth

There are several things that an owner can do to keep their pet's dental health in good condition.

  • Brush your pet's teeth regularly. Regular brushing with a special pet toothbrush is an important part of preventive dental care.
  • Perform regular checks on your pet's teeth. Watch for discolored teeth, red, swollen or bleeding gums. These conditions require attention from a vetenerian.
  • Get your pet's bad breath checked out. You may choose to use a product that helps to minimize odor, however, the cause of the bad breath is likely related to oral health and should not be ignored.
  • Feed your pet hard food that will help remove plaque from teeth. There are special brands specifically manufactured to help control plaque.
  • Give your dog specially formulated dental chews that help remove tartar and plaque build up. The gnawing motion scrapes plaque from your dog's teeth and also helps to massage under the gumline to remove tartar.
  • To help with bad breath give your pet a carrot. It is a mild abrasive and will help to clean the teeth. The chewing action on something crunchy also stimulates saliva which helps washes away loose food particles in the mouth.
  • Visit the veterinarian for regular health check-ups and preventative dental care.

Oral Health for Life

Dental hygiene is just as important to your dog’s overall health as things like nutrition, proper exercise, and regular grooming. Make February a new start to your pet's oral health care regime. By keeping those pearly whites in good condition you are helping to contribute to their overall well-being. Preventative oral care is an important way to make sure you and your loved companion share many happy and healthy years together.

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    • Sturgeonl profile image

      Sturgeonl 6 years ago

      Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best! Thanks for commenting.

    • kerlynb profile image

      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      "To help with bad breath give your pet a carrot." - What a clever tip! Thank you so much for this suggestion :)


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