How Do You Prevent Dental Disease in Pets?
Good oral hygiene and plaque control will help prevent dental disease. Dental disease is caused by plaque build-up & infection. If you help to remove the plaque from your pet's teeth, you greatly improve the chances of a healthy mouth.
- A dental check – A thorough dental examination of your pet’s mouth from our expert team will give you the best indication if your pet has dental disease and what the next step is.
- Brushing your pet’s teeth - Physically removing the plaque from your pet’s teeth with daily brushing is the gold standard for dental care and will give your pet the best chance of preventing advanced dental disease.
- Appropriate food - Using a special veterinary recommended dental diet will help reduce the amount of plaque build-up on your pet's teeth. The unique shape and size of these biscuits encourages chewing and has a brushing effect on the teeth.
- Dental chews - Encouraging your pet to chew on appropriate toys and chews will help stimulate saliva secretion, which will help combat plaque. Safe chewing options such as Greenies, Whimzees and Dentabones encourage your pets to chew, which helps rub plaque off, and spread protective saliva around teeth.
- Dental treatment – For adult cats and dogs with existing dental disease, a dental treatment with a scale and polish under general anaesthetic is often necessary to get their mouth back into top condition. At home prevention will then be required to hopefully prevent, or slow down dental disease developing again in the future.
- Dental products - Water additives such as Healthy Mouth and Plaque off can soften plaque, making it easier to be removed, and will also decrease the amount of bacteria in your pet's mouth.
Please always speak with your veterinary healthcare team to discuss your pet's individual needs.
Our team of expert vets are experienced in examining and treating your pet's oral health and are here to provide you with the right advice to ensure they live a happy and healthy life.