How to prevent dental illness in pets?
Clean teeth are vital for dogs and cats! In spite of this, tooth and gum disease is very common in dogs. This is shown by scientific studies:
“80% of all 3-year-old dogs suffer from tooth or gum disease!”
Tooth and gum disease are often the main reason to seek veterinary advice. Depending on the overall dental condition, dental cleaning under general anaesthesia may be required.
What causes tartar to form is called plaque. This is a biofilm, which is built up from food residues, bacteria and their metabolites and which accumulates on the tooth surface. If plaque is not removed regularly, it hardens through the minerals contained in saliva and becomes tartar. This leads to inflammation and receding gums, exposure of the tooth neck and damage to the periodontium – periodontal disease.
The progression of inflammation causes bone deterioration (osteolysis), tooth loosening and eventually tooth loss. These pathologic changes are extremely painful for your dog or cat. They affect your pet’s quality of life and can lead to severe behavioural problems.
How can you tell if your dog has teeth problems?
Bad breath is often the first sign of dental disease, although this can stem from food as well. If your pet still has bad breath after a diet change, then gum inflammation is often the cause. Check your pet’s teeth regularly by gently lifting the lips. Plaque and tartar accumulate more on the back molars and the canines. If the gum line is red and bleeds, it very likely means that the inflammation is advanced and it is highly recommended that you seek your vet.
How can you protect your dog against dental problems?
Active dental cleaning is the most important foundation for your pet’s dental health, just as it is for us. The best way to clean your pet’s teeth thoroughly and efficiently is by using a toothbrush or finger cap and a special toothpaste for dogs or cats. The additional use of functional dental chews and feed supplements can also support dental hygiene.
What should you take note of regarding daily tooth cleaning?
YGet your dog or cat used to it as a puppy or kitten and approach to yor furry friend playfully and gently. Dental hygiene should become a daily ritual, which is fun for your pet and for which it is rewarded, for example, with some tasty treats, plenty of playtimes or by going for a walk.
How can bogadent® support you in doing this?
Together with veterinarians and dentists, we, at Bogar AG in Wallisellen, Switzerland, have developed a holistic approach to dental hygiene products for dogs and cats. The central point to these high-quality and innovative products is prophylaxis (prevention).