Top tips to improve your pet’s oral health

Prevention is better than cure and these simple steps will help you improve your pet’s oral health and reduce the risk of tooth and gum disease.

1. Brushing your pet’s teeth is the ‘gold standard’ because it is the most effective way to remove plaque. Always use a toothbrush and toothpaste designed for pets as some of the ingredients in human toothpaste are toxic to pets. Read this guide on how to brush your pet’s teeth.

2. If you find it difficult to brush your pet’s teeth, you can use a water additive which is simply added to drinking water to reduce plaque formation and freshen breath.

3. Dogs can also benefit from a dental chew. Used regularly, these can help to reduce plaque and tartar build-up and promote gum health. Make sure you choose a chew which is long-lasting and which is low in calories

4. Use an oral rinse once a day in your cat’s mouth. These rinses contain chlorhexidine which is a well-known anti-plaque agent. It will help to reduce the level of bacteria and remove food debris

5. Adjust your pet’s diet. Wet food diets provide no abrasive action against the teeth but dry food kibble is more abrasive and can help to prevent plaque build-up.

6. If your pet will tolerate it, look inside his or her mouth regularly to check for signs such as red, sore-looking gums or brown staining on the teeth. If you have any concerns, consult your veterinary surgeon.

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