Pet Dental Health Month: Top tips to help maintain healthy teeth and gums in pets

Pet’s teeth have a lot of work to do, dogs use their mouths for more than just eating, they use them to play, explore and taste a lot of their surroundings too. If your dog’s teeth aren’t properly cared for, it can cause problems.

To highlight Pet Dental Health Month (February 2022), natural pet supplement manufacturer, Nutravet share their top tips to help look after pet’s teeth.

Korina Stephens, RVN from Nutravet comments: “By the age of three, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have developed some form of periodontal disease. Poor dental care doesn’t just affect your pet’s mouth, the bacteria generated by gum disease could eventually enter their bloodstream and potentially damage their heart liver or kidneys.

When your pet has healthy teeth and gums, they can get the most out of their food, crunching every delicious mouthful as they go, but if their teeth hurt, they’ll soon go off their meals and their metabolism will suffer.”

To help pet owners maintain their pet’s oral health, Nutravet share some positive actions, which include:

Teeth brushing

Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly is the best way to keep their teeth clean and healthy. If you start this from an early age, it will get them used to it as part of their routine. Cleaning your dog’s teeth is an important part of maintaining your pet’s dental care to help provide optimum health and quality of life.

Here are some tips to help clean dogs’ teeth:

  • Be patient and get them used to having their teeth cleaned over a few weeks. Let them taste their dog safe toothpaste so they think of brushing their teeth as a treat not a chore.
  • You can help to get your dog used to having their mouth touched by gently rubbing a soft cloth along their gums. Gradually move on by using a brush that fits over your finger. This will help to get your dog used to the feeling of their teeth being brushed.
  • When your dog is ready, use a proper dog toothbrush with a longer handle, which will help you reach all their teeth.
  • After each session reward your dog with a treat or praise and be sure to follow this same routine to get your dog comfortable with teeth brushing.
  • Make sure you use a toothpaste specifically for dogs, never use human toothpaste which is toxic to dogs.

Toys

You can buy toys that are designed to clean your dog’s teeth as they chew on them. Be careful not to get toys that are too small and can be swallowed and get caught in your dog’s throat.

Dental chews

Dental chews, treats or specialist foods can also help to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. Be careful not to feed them too many of these, include them in their daily calorie intake to prevent any unwanted weight gain.

Reduce treats

Don’t feed them too many sugary treats, as this can cause more bacteria to build up on your pet’s teeth.

Bones

Don’t feed your dog bones as these can wear down and damage their teeth. Bones can also break into splinters which can damage their gums and throat if swallowed.

Natural teeth plaque remover

Consider using a natural supplement like Nutraplaque which is a completely natural product that provides an advanced double action formula to help aid oral health and hygiene by systematically working against bad breath, tartar and plaque for healthy teeth and gums.

Visit your vet

Regular vet visits can allow them to keep an eye on your pet’s oral health, as well as other health issues that may arise. If you’re worried about your dog’s teeth, speak to your vet as they are best placed to monitor your pet and offer advice.

For more information and top tips visit www.nutravet.co.uk.