Your pet’s oral hygiene is extremely essential. Your pet could suffer from dental diseases such Periodontal or gum disease. Therefore a regular dental care or timely inspection by a veterinarian is extremely essential.
There are two types of dental diseases that could affect your furry family members, dogs or cats, respectively.
1. Canine Dental Disease
Canine dental disease is nothing but bacterial infection of the mouth. Four stages of periodontal disease are detected. These have been reported to be evolving from plaque, inflated gums which could progress to more grave cases of gingivitis (also known as gum disease).
A few early signs to watch out for are unpleasant breath, yellow or brown colouration of the teeth. Whereas red and swollen gums are some of the more visible signs of a canine dental disease.
2. Feline Dental Disease
Similarly, even cats undergo feline dental disease such as Tooth Resorption, Periodontitis and Gingivitis. Studies mention that most of the cats older than four years of age suffer from feline dental diseases. To briefly explain what each of these diseases are, let’s take a look at three prominent cases which are namely Tooth Resorption (TR), Periodontitis and Gingivitis. Whilst talking about a case of tooth resorption, the structure of the tooth deteriorates. This simply means that there could be a possibility of erosion of cementum and dentin in the tooth. Tooth resorption generally occurs where the tooth meets the gums. In cases of Gingivitis, the gums turn red. Periodontitis is an inflammation of the tooth’s supporting structures.
How Should One Take Care of Pet’s Dental Problems?
1. Tooth Brushing Routine
This is a very ‘simple-to-follow’ rule. Initially if the cat or dog is uncomfortable with brushing its tooth, you can slowly start to touch your cat or dog’s face with the toothbrush and toothpaste on it. Then gradually follow the routine of daily brushing with a toothpaste.
2. A Visit to the Vet Every Week!
As applicable for any kind of pet illness, a visit to the veterinarian for dental care will certainly help to cure dental illnesses. Also, provide your pet dog or cat, food items that have been approved by The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). Before administering any kind of pet edible items, do consult your vet.
3. Oral Sprays and Oral Gels
Oral sprays and gels are the most effective way to take care of your pet dog or cat’s teeth as they help eliminate bad breath and improve your pet’s mouth condition.
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