One of the most prevalent health issues most pets suffer from is related to oral health. Four out of five dogs over the age of three years old suffer from some form of periodontal disease. Preventing pet tooth decay is your best course of action to avoid this painful (and potentially expensive) situation from arising to begin with.
Just like people, your pet can end up with serious dental health issues if not maintained with a daily cleaning routine. Most people would never consider going a day without brushing their teeth. Why do we then assume that our pet is any different? It may at first seem strange to think about brushing your pet’s teeth, but this is one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay – at home, and low cost.
Use a pet toothbrush and specially formulated toothpaste on a daily basis. Eventually, your pet will come to appreciate this time with you. Take your time and be patient. Even a senior dog will submit with enough persistence on your part. It will pay off in the long run.
If you are into more natural solutions, you can opt for a coconut oil-calendula mixture rather than a store-bought toothpaste. Coconut oil has natural antibacterial properties and is great for gum health. A calendula tincture is a proven anti-plaque, anti-gingivitis agent that can be used to encourage a healthy oral cavity.
Most importantly, speak to your vet about what the most effective oral health solution may be for you and your pet. Every situation is a bit different, and your pet may be best suited for a particular kind of approach.
Healthy teeth and gums are encouraged through a proper diet. Establishing the right foods can help your pet’s natural oral biome to develop. The natural enzymes in whole food play a key role in the oral health of your pet.
Raw fleshy muscle meats, raw meaty bones, raw organ meats, and even some recreational bones are excellent examples of healthy food sources. Kibble is not recommended for building strong teeth and healthy gums as they do not carry the natural living enzymes and broad-spectrum microbial network that living raw foods can provide.
Every pet is different, however, and your veterinarian may suggest a specific dietary protocol for your pet. Over time, your preventative action with daily maintenance and proper foods will give your pet the best chance at a healthy mouth moving forward.
One of the most effective methods of ensuring your pet is getting the best oral care possible is scheduling regular yearly dental check-ups with your veterinarian. They have a number of tools and processes they can use to not only prevent tooth decay but also repair serious dental problems.
Dental plaque that builds up below the gum line can cause inflamed and swollen gums, cavities, and organ problems once late-stage gum disease sets in. Your vet can help to remove this build-up and save your pet’s mouth from discomfort, painful eating, and tooth decay.
When it comes to preventing pet tooth decay, this three-tier approach is a perfect starting point. Your veterinarian may have more options for you to apply, so make sure to reach out and ask more questions. You may be surprised at just how easy keeping your pet’s mouth healthy actually is!
Contact our Manson, IA office for further information.