We all know that brushing our teeth is important for our own dental health, but what about those of our pets?

Regular dental care is just as important for pets as it is for humans but most pets do not brush their teeth daily! Good dental health prevents issues that can arise from poor dental hygiene such as bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and infections.

Additional factors such as age, diet, breed, and genetics also play a role in predisposing pets to dental disease, with studies showing that around 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will have some form of dental disease by the age of 3.

Regular dental checks lets us identify issues early and provide the necessary treatments to prevent the worsening of your pet’s teeth. We recommend that all pets receive a dental check every 6 months and a dental clean once every 12 months.

Speak with one of our friendly vets today to learn more about dental disease in pets and determine the most appropriate course of care for your pets.

Here are some tips for home oral care:

Regular brushing – Pets need their teeth brushed regularly. You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a finger brush specifically designed for pets, along with pet toothpaste. Start slowly and gradually increase the length of brushing time over several weeks.

Dental treats and toys – There are a variety of dental treats and toys available that can help clean your pet’s teeth. Some of these treats are designed to remove tartar and plaque while your pet chews, and some toys are designed to promote chewing and help clean teeth at the same time.

“Prevention is the best defence against dental disease. Address dental issues early and you can help your pet maintain good dental health throughout their life.”


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