How to Achieve a Pet’s Fresh Breath and Great Smile

August 05, 2019 by iM3 admin

As veterinary dentists, we are well aware of the importance of dental health and how it impacts a pet’s overall well-being. By the age of 3, 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some form of periodontal disease which can take years off a pet’s life. While we encourage pet owners to have their furry friends regularly checked for dental problems, the truth is, a good number of animals rarely receive proper dental care, which results in a bacteria and tartar build up on the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to dental disease and many serious life-threatening complications. Bacteria from the mouth travels under the gum line and into the blood stream which can affect all major organs including their heart, liver, and kidneys. It can also cause serious infections leading to abscesses; that is why it is important that we remind pet owners that preventative measures are simply the best. Here are some great tips that you can offer your clients to keep their pets’ fresh breath.

Regular brushing

Brushing an animal’s teeth regularly is a great way to keep gums and the mouth healthier and fight gum disease. Introducing tooth brushing gradually working up to brushing daily is ideal. But even three days a week can make a difference. Without brushing, plaque can build up, putting the dog or cat at risk for bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay, which may later cause painful infection. We recommend the use of Oxyfresh dental gel and easy-to-use finger brush to gently clean away plaque and tartar while also giving pets the freshest breath by safely eliminating bad breath at the source.

Dental diet and treats

A dental diet should be part of every pet’s oral health maintenance. Some dried foods and treats help keep its mouth in good form by scrubbing the teeth as it chews, while another group of foods includes additives that help keep plaque soft so it doesn’t form tartar.

Chew toys

Good chew toys can help slow dental disease by their abrasive action. A good toy is bendable, softer than teeth, and not so small it can be swallowed whole. Opt for rubbery and bendable chew toys where pet owners can hide treats inside. Tell your clients to avoid thick, heavy, rawhide toys that can break or fracture a pet's teeth, which may cause gastrointestinal problems if a pet swallows a large piece.

Annual dental cleanings

Always encourage owners to go to the clinic and schedule an annual professional dental care and cleaning. Proper pet dental care involves more than just brushing or scraping tartar off the teeth. A thorough cleaning involves scaling, probing, and polishing. You can choose from a number of veterinary dental machines and iM3 hand instruments ranging from a full line of dental scalers, polishers and other veterinary dental equipment which have the ability to cut, polish, and scale with just one unit. When performed properly, this helps to catch any early signs of dental disease and abnormalities that will possibly prevent future extractions.

Dental X-Rays

Some pets may not show they are in pain even when they are and simply cannot tell human beings when their teeth are diseased. In many cases, X-rays are the only way for you as a veterinarian to know if the animal has a serious dental problem that can be treated. To the naked eye, the pet’s teeth may appear normal but with the help of a dental X-ray machines, you can easily spot where the issue lies below the gum line. Once the problem is identified, you can easily treat the abnormality, therefore relieving the pet’s discomfort. On the other hand, cleaning a pet's teeth without X-rays often results in missed opportunities to improve the quality of life and health of the animal.

To do a better job in improving a pet’s dental health, browse through our collection at iM3 and check out the range of quality veterinary dental equipment you can use to make your job easier.


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