Maintaining pets’ dental hygiene
Good dental hygiene starts as a puppy/kitten. Training your pet to have their teeth checked and brushed is important as dental care at home will reduce the likelihood of your pet developing dental disease. Throughout their lives, there are multiple things we can do at home to promote your pet’s dental health.
Regular dental checks
Your pet’s vet is also their dentist! At a dental check, the vet will examine their teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks and all surfaces of the mouth. They will be checking for any signs of dental disease including tartar, gingivitis or infection. They will also be looking for any fractured, broken or damaged teeth. A tailored treatment plan will be given to each pet.
We recommend 6 monthly dental checks to ensure your pet’s teeth are clean and healthy! Did you know we offer dental checks for FREE for all existing clients?
Tooth brushing is the gold standard for home dental care as it is the best way to prevent dental disease. Tooth brushing needs to be done every day, or every second day, to be effective. Remember to always use a pet specific toothpaste!
Note: we do not recommend tooth brushing for pets with existing dental disease as this can cause pain and future aversion to having their teeth brushed. If unsure whether or not to start brushing your pet’s teeth, please book in for a FREE dental check first.
Dental diets are specifically formulated dry kibbles that work to clean the teeth using an abrasive action (like tooth brushing) as well as containing active ingredients that fight plaque build-up and bad breath. Dental diets are complete and balanced diets and can be fed exclusively. We recommend Hills T/D or Royal Canin Dental. This should be at least 60% of your pet’s diet to be effective.
In addition to a dental diet, dental chews, such as Greenies and Oravet, have been shown to reduce tartar build up through chewing action as well as active ingredients that also freshen breath. One chew of the correct weight range should be given daily. This should also be accounted for by reducing your pet’s total daily food slightly.
Mouthwashes, gels & water additives
In some cases, pets may not accept tooth brushing or dental diets. In these cases, water additives such as Oxyfresh or pet mouthwashes such as Mavlab Dental Spray Gel can be beneficial.