DENTAL HOME CARE OPTIONS
WHAT CAN I DO AT HOME TO MAINTAIN MY PET'S ORAL HEALTH
Nothing works as well as brushing. The tooth brush picks out particles of food and debris from the gum line and cleans plaque off the tooth. If this is done at least three times weekly, a spectacular amount of tartar deposition can be completely prevented. Special brushes are made to fit the angles of the pet's mouth and special flavored tooth pastes are available.
How to brush your pet's teeth:
Most pets never get their teeth brushed with any regularity and that is unlikely to change.
As much as we wish our pets’ teeth could be easily brushed, it just never seems to work out that way and convenience becomes paramount.
HOME CARE FOR DOGS
ORAVET® DENTAL CHEWS
This year’s dental special features Oravet® Dental Chews for dogs. This new product is sized specifically to fit in the dog’s mouth and is of a consistency that encourages rolling the treat around inside the mouth to cover all surfaces of the teeth. The product contains chlorophyll for breath freshening as well as a central area of delmopinol which not only removes plaque but prevents attachment of new plaque. For proper results, a treat is given daily. Partially eaten treats should be discarded. Chlorophyll can stain fabric so if your dog is a sloppy chewer, take care on where the chew is given.
Other chews are on the market and they are all helpful but these appear to have the most scientifically sophisticated approach to using a chew as a dental device.
For more information visit oravet.com
HOME CARE FOR CATS AND DOGS
Oravet also makes a gel (more like a wax) which can be applied weekly to the teeth (especially where the teeth meet the gum line) so as to prevent plaque attachment.
For more details visit oravet.com
Several diet companies have created dental kibbles. These kibbles do not crack and shatter when chewed like normal dry foods do. Instead, dental kibbles crush around the tooth removing plaque as the tooth sinks into the kibble. Dental kibbles are inherently larger than regular food kibbles and can be mixed with regular food but the higher the proportion of dental kibbles, the better the results.
For more details on home care products, visit our periodontal disease library page.