Learn More About Pet Dental Options From Animal Healthcare of Marlboro


Pet Dental

Jan 22

Categories: Blog, Dental Health

Why pet dental? Do you ever go to kiss your dog or cat and once you get close enough, all you can say or think is is PU? Then ask your pet's vet what to do...
Dogs and cats get dental disease and that smell that you get when you flip their lips , well that's definitely NOT normal!! And if you see brown or even black material build up on the normally white surfaces or crowns of the teeth... well then your pet has dental disease and there's a big problem. Pets need to keep their teeth clean, white, healthy and bright.
At AHC we're all about encouraging gentle, pet dental health. More than 85% of our dogs and cats have some form of dental disease. If we start early in daily dental care with a proactive approach, we can keep our pet's mouths safe. Then the rest of their body systems will be that much healthier. Home care includes brushing or wiping the surfaces of all the teeth we can. Dental rinses, water additives,  and dental treats can all play a combined roll in the healthy mouth. It encourages us to actually LOOK in our pet's mouths at least once a day.
We really hate to have the talk about periodontal disease, which is irreversible. It leads to extracting diseased teeth that could have been saved  by some home care on our pet parents part.  So let our veterinary care team show you how to brush teeth. How to keep those teeth clean. Also, where they need to be (which is in the mouth).  Some breeds by genetics and/or facial structure may be more prone to dental disease. Especially, those cute little pushed-in face breeds. Since braces are not an option we have to take into consideration the crowding that occurs in the smaller the mouths. There just isn't enough room for the 42 teeth that all dogs are supposed to have in their mouths.

Cat Dental Treatments

Some of our cats are also affected in the same way especially the Persian breeds. There's just not enough space in room for all those teeth-- 30 for cats 42 for dogs.
We have many choices in maintaining good, healthy teeth. Tooth brushing with a pet appropriate toothpaste is the gold standard. We do have to use something that is dog and cat (and ferrets for that matter) approved. Our dogs and cats can't spit or rinse so we can't use our own "people" toothpaste. Our toothpaste has foaming agents and high concentrations of fluoride. The effect of this could be an upset tummy. We have a choice there for tooth brushing: wipes, dental foods, dental treats, water additive gels rinses and sprays. All these can be used together much like what we find in our bathrooms for our own dental care. We might brush. Many days might call for a good floss. We might waterpik. Some days call on a toothpick. We might use breath fresheners. Some of those choices might not be appropriate for dogs and cats, but, we can help guide you.
It's a family's commitment both yours and ours because we CAN keep those teeth healthy. Next time you're in to see your pet's veterinarian, talk to us about what you think you can do. What your kids can do. What we can help you to do. We will formulate together your pet dental home care program. This will keep your furry friends mouth healthy and get those purrs and licks smelling right. We look forward to them so much.