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Which oral care for your dog or cat?

As with many diseases, maintenance and monitoring of your pet’s teeth used to reduce the risk of disease. Gingivitis, stomatitis may well be the result of a lack of oral care. Small dot on the risks and daily gestures to an animal with teeth.

“More than 80% of dogs older than 3 years have the tartar on the teeth or suffer from periodontal disease (destruction of the gums and the bone). This observation should lead to an examination of the oral cavity in each veterinary consultation”, stated by the Dentist Melbourne of Freedom Dental Australia.

The cat is also concerned with dental conditions. As the dog, he may have plaque (especially affecting the back teeth) causing inflammation of the gums ( gingivitis ) or a steatites if the first signs of inflammation are not cared for.

Finally, note that between 20% and 75% of cats develop what is called a dental resorption: holes appear in the tooth, which is covered by the gingiva. It is very painful for the animal and tooth extraction is often necessary. An annual check is recommended.


What are the right moves to adopt?

As for humans, it is advisable to brush dogs and cats daily, using a brush and special toothpaste. A gesture of hygiene that prevents dental disease and should be started early in the life of the animal used for puppies and kittens.

If it is difficult to brush an animal every day, know that there are other ways for the maintenance of teeth, as chews or a special diet.

Moreover, a thorough cleaning and descaling remain the best ways to find a healthy mouth to an animal suffering from periodontal disease and halitosis (bad breath): the scale is removed and periodontal pockets are cleaned under the gum . An annex X-ray may also highlight disorders of the teeth and roots that are not visible to the naked eye.


The animal is in the image of his master as for humans, it is recommended to have a daily oral hygiene and visit to check the condition of the teeth and gums once a year.

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