At Green Dog Dental we are constantly telling people that doggy dental hygiene is one of the most important parts of keeping your dog healthy. In fact, besides a healthy diet and weight maintenance, keeping your pet’s teeth and mouth clean and free of periodontal disease of one of the most crucial things you can do for their overall health.
Just Like Us, Dogs Can Get Gingivitis
Gingivitis, gum disease, rotten teeth, and poor oral hygiene can wreak havoc on your pets’ body, far beyond their mouth. It is not all about fresh breath and pearly whites: advanced periodontal disease can cause sepsis, bone infections, heart disease, heart valve infections, high blood pressure, kidney problems, and liver abscesses.
Preventative Dental Care is the Key to Success
Preventative care is the key to success. While scaling (professional cleaning) done by a veterinarian is important, your pet’s oral health really depends on the steps you take at home. And when it comes to at-home dental care, the most important thing you can do is brush their teeth.
Most pet parents start off with the best intentions, but it can be difficult to keep up with your cat or dogs’ teeth, simply because most pets don’t particularly like having their teeth brushed and we all have busy enough schedules as it is! Luckily, there are plenty of modern scientific solutions that can help you keep your pet’s mouth healthy.
Enzymatic pet toothpaste continues to work even after you have finished brushing, as the enzymes eat away at tartar and plaque (that is why it is so important to choose an enzymatic toothpaste made specially for pets).
Dental Hygiene Additives
There are also dental hygiene additives that you can add to your pet’s drinking water that can help fight the formation of plaque every time they take a drink. Of course, there’s also our smileSPRAY. This amazing product from Green Dog Dental is one of the most effective and easiest ways to maintain your dog’s dental health.
You can use it three times a week on your dog for healthier gums and better breath, and it’s remarkably simple to use and well tolerated by both dogs and cats.
You simply spray a bit on a cotton swab or piece of gauze and wipe the surface of your pet’s teeth. It does not taste bad, and many pets prefer the sensation over having their teeth brushed. The blend of essential oils and other natural products will help eliminate bad breath caused by tartar and plaque buildup and will help keep your pet’s mouth and teeth healthy and clean.
Clean Their Teeth Regularly
In order to prevent dental problems in your dog, clean their teeth regularly, bring them for check-ups at the vet and have their teeth professionally cleaned periodically, and take advantage of special products to help keep your pet’s teeth clean, such as sprays, dental chews, and water additives.
For more information on pet wellness, visit the Green Dog Gazette!