Does your pet have bad breath? That may just be the tip of the iceberg of problems. Dental health is often ignored in our pets until a problem becomes “painfully” obvious.

Food particles and bacteria accumulate along the gum line which can form plaque. Over time plaque will transform into calculus. The gums become irritated and lead to an inflammatory condition called gingivitis. In the early stages of periodontal disease, the gums bordering the teeth will become red. In the later stages, the calculus causes the gums to separate from the teeth leaving more space for bacteria to grow. This can lead to tooth decay/loss, bone loss, destruction of the gums, and infections.

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Signs you pet may have dental problems:

  • Problems picking up food or dropping food out of mouth
  • Bleeding or red gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Blood in the water bowl or on chew toys
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Bumps or lumps in the mouth or on the cheeks
  • Bloody or ropey saliva, excessive drooling
  • Chewing on one side of the mouth
  • Decreased appetite
  • Not wanting to eat hard food or treats

Hidden Dangers

There may also be problems that you won’t be able to notice. The increased bacteria and inflammation can travel through the bloodstream to other organs (such as heart, kidney and liver) causing damage.

How do you brush your pet’s teeth?

  • Use tooth paste specifically formulated for pets. Do not use human toothpaste. We carry enzymatic toothpaste in poultry, vanilla mint, and malt flavors.
  • Use a children’s toothbrush or one specifically made for pets. We have one that fits over your finger which makes it very easy to use.
  • Start by rubbing toothpaste on the teeth first, and then introduce the toothbrush. Brush the teeth and gums gently. It helps to start with the back teeth and work your way forward.  You only need to brush the outer surface of the teeth.
  • Make it a good experience with treats, rewards, praise, and positive reinforcement.
  • The outside of teeth are the most prone to plaque and tartar build-up.
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