It’s National Pet Dental Health Month and though we should always take good care of our beloved one’s teeth and gums, this month is dedicated to addressing the significance of oral care for our pets year round.
First of all, it’s important to brush your pet’s teeth. Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs even though it’s completely preventable. 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 3 years have some sort of periodontal disease. That is why it is very important to brush those chompers.
Dental disease can actually lead to problems with your pet’s organs. AVMA suggests to watch Dr. Sheldon Rubin’s easy, step-by-step instructions on how to teach a dog or cat to accept a daily tooth brushing.
If you have noticed your dogs breath is isn’t very pleasant, brushing your pet’s teeth with have better breath. Occasionally, “bad breath” may be caused by gastric odors or metabolic disease. Again, talk with your vet if you have concerns. His breath can be chalked up to his poop recycling habit. But if your dog’s mouth has an unpleasant odor day in and day out, he most likely has smelly bacteria in that mouth and needs attention. A pet with healthy teeth equals a pet with better breath! Also, taking care of your pet’s teeth can prevent other health problems, which can save you money in the long run.
It’s also important to mention that your dog and cat are very good at hiding pain – you might never know that your pet has a serious dental problem until it’s very advanced. This is yet another reason it’s important to take your pet in for regular dental checkups.
Don’t just brush your pets teeth just for the sake of National Pet Dental Health Month but do it for health of your precious pup!