We all know how important it is to brush our own teeth twice daily and see a dentist twice a year, but do we realize it’s just as important to make sure our pets’ teeth are being properly taken care of? Just like in their human owners, poor dental health can lead to a number of more serious health problems. According to Dr. Bert Dodd, clinical professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, “Oral hygiene has a direct effect on the overall health of your pet.” Knowing that, Liquid Health is offering the following tips to help prevent dental health problems in your pets.
Probably the most important thing you can do is to learn how to properly care for your pets’ teeth. Your veterinarian should be able to instruct you in proper cleaning techniques to ensure that your pets’ teeth are receiving the attention they need. In addition to learning proper cleaning techniques, your veterinarian can also tell you of the best tools to use when cleaning your pets’ teeth, as well we which foods are best for maintaining good dental health.
Once you know how to properly clean your pets’ teeth, gums and mouth, it’s vital that you perform these tasks on a daily basis. While it may be a challenge at first, consistency will solidify this important habit making it easier and more routine over time. Pets, just like their owners, respond well to consistency so consider cleaning your pets’ teeth at the same time, in the same place or offer some kind of healthy treat upon completion to get this habit formed.
Lastly, in addition to daily maintenance it’s important to take your pet in for regular teeth cleanings and exams with your veterinarian. According to Dr. Dodd, “Oral examinations and cleaning should be performed on your pet at least once a year.” If you’re concerned about your pets’ oral health, don’t hesitate to take him or her in more frequently to be checked out.
Preventative action is the key to keeping dental problems from creeping up in your pets’ mouth. By following these steps you can do a lot to keep your pets’ mouth, teeth and gums healthy, avoiding additional health problems along the way. If you have any questions regarding caring for your pets’ teeth, consult your veterinarian.