Dental Disease Prevention
Approximately 80% of pets have dental disease by the age of three. Therefore, we recommend starting good dental care as soon as possible. There are several oral home hygiene options you can use to help prevent plaque and tartar accumulation that can make a tremendous difference to your pet's health and comfort. Combining several methods long-term will achieve the best results.
1. Tooth Brushing
The single most effective method for maintaining dental hygiene in pets is brushing their teeth daily with a softheaded toothbrush and special pet toothpaste. If you can manage this - fantastic! However, this isn't feasible for many owners. Luckily, there are other options available.
2. Dental Foods
We recommend the majority of your pet’s diet be a high quality dry dental food that is clinically proven to reduce calculus and tartar formation and help freshen your pet's breath by:
Mechanical Abrasion: Kibble size, texture and shape produce a mechanical brushing effect on the teeth.
Chemical Prevention: A nutrient that controls calcium in the saliva helps to reduces tartar build up.
Supermarket foods may have some chemical prevention in them, but do not contain any mechanical abrasion and so are not recommended. Suitable brands for dental disease prevention include:
- Hills Oral Care: Vet Essentials or t/d
- Royal Canin Dental
- Advance Dental
3. Dental Treats, Dental Toys and Water Additives
Other dental preventatives available include:
o Healthy Mouth