Dental hygiene is one of the most important aspects of pet care. As plaque and
tartar build on the teeth, the balance of healthy bacteria versus unhealthy bacteria
in the mouth is thrown off and the opportunity for disease arises. As the tartar
builds up under the gums they become inflamed and sore. Slowly the gums begin to
separate from the teeth and recede. Plaque builds even more rapidly in the upper,
softer part of the teeth and infection begins. In cats, cavities develop with even
more opportunity for infection. Dogs are less prone to cavities. The bacteria and
toxins are absorbed into the bloodstream where they circulate and begin to build
in kidney, liver, and heart tissue. The toxins released can even affect brain tissue.
The inflammatory process involved can aggravate deteriorating joints.
Plaque builds up on your dog’s or cat’s teeth every day. A combination of teeth
brushing and healthy chew “treats” will go a long way to maintaining your companion’s
overall health and extending their life expectancy.
Steps to prevention of periodontal disease:
Daily Brushing - Daily brushing is important - at a minimum every other
day if your pet is also getting good dental exercise. If you’ve never brushed your
companion’s teeth before, go SLOWLY. First get them accustomed to letting you look
in their mouth a bit, then just massage the gums with your finger a little, eventually
brush one or two teeth, and keep working day by day until you can brush the whole
mouth. Plaque tends to build most on the upper teeth, so be sure to focus some time
there. Be patient – it may take over a month to get them used to it. It is TIME
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