People generally do everything they can to keep their teeth in good shape. Brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and bi-annual dentist appointments are usually enough to keep teeth healthy and strong. But slipping up on oral care can have big consequences, like joining the 47.2% of adults over 30 who have periodontal disease. And if it’s that easy for humans to have something wrong with their teeth, what about pets? As a pet owner, it’s your responsibility to not only look out for your own teeth, but your pet’s as well. So let’s look at a few simple steps you can take to keep your pet’s teeth in perfect condition.
First off, just like humans, it’s important for animals to have their teeth looked at by a professional. So at your pet’s annual vet appointment, make sure they get their chompers looked at. Fortunately, dentistry is one of the top 10 most trusted professions in the U.S., which means you can hopefully trust your vet to do a good job at taking care of your pet’s teeth. While annual vet appointments usually suffice, it’s important to schedule an appointment earlier if you notice anything wrong with your pet’s teeth. Common warning signs that something may be wrong could include bad breath, noticeably damaged teeth, abnormal chewing or drooling, reduce appetite, and swelling in the mouth area. If something seems wrong with your pet’s mouth, make sure to schedule a vet appointment sooner rather than later.
Next, it’s essential to be using the right tools or supplies to care for your animal’s teeth. The best way to ensure you’re using the right supplies is to simply ask your vet. The right tools may also depend on your pet’s comfort level with dental care or their personal situation. Generally, an animal-friendly toothpaste and a cleaning tool will be all you’ll need. Just like human toothpaste, pet toothpaste comes in scrumptious flavors, like chicken or beef. So try a few flavors until you find one your pet likes. And with the right brush or cleaning tool, you can take the time to brush your pet’s teeth as regularly as possible. Ask your vet how often you should be brushing your pet’s teeth to provide them with the optimal care.
And lastly, you should invest in dental care foods, treats, and toys. There are plenty of foods and treats available today that can help remove tartar and other harmful substances from your pet’s teeth while giving them something yummy to eat at the same time. Along with food and treats for daily oral care, there are tons of toys that are specifically designed for dental care. Giving your pet these oral care toys can not only keep them busy, but can help their teeth at the same time. Investing in a few teeth-friendly toys and treats can go a long way for pet dental care.
Taking care of your pet’s dental health should always be a priority. So keep these tips in mind and ask your vet what additional steps you should be taking to ensure your pet’s chompers are in tip-top shape.