Achieving a Super Smile: Do Pet Dental Products Really Work?

pet dentalThe Veterinary Oral Health Council endorses certain pet dental products that have undergone strict protocols for approval. Aimed to reduce the accumulation of plaque and tartar on your pet’s teeth, these products can also be instrumental in keeping overall health at its peak. But when you look at the extensive list of chews, rinses, diets, and treats, which pet dental products are right for your pet?

High Standards

Fortunately, regular pet dental care has become more mainstream. Pet owners don’t have to live with bad dog or cat breath, and their animals can enjoy the feeling of a fresh, clean mouth. Additionally, when good oral care is promoted, overall health and longevity are supported.

The first defense against oral bacteria that leads to damaging plaque and tartar build up is, of course, brushing the teeth a few times a week (or every day!). This task can become quite soothing for your pet if it’s approached patiently.

Check out this list of pet dental products for dogs and for cats. Human toothpaste should never be used on animals; instead, opt for poultry or bacon-flavored pet dental products.

Special Food

The second line of defense against tooth decay and periodontal disease lies in your pet’s food choices. There are some phenomenal prescription diets designed to help remove tartar from the teeth as your pet chews.

Speaking of chewing, you might try to determine whether pet dental chews work for your pet’s pearly whites. Recommended as a treat, they’re typically tasty to pets and very beneficial for oral health.

Other Pet Dental Products

If your pet doesn’t take to the diet or chews very well, that’s okay. There are sprays, gels, and water additives that can really add to your pet’s oral health. Similarly, there are pet dental wipes that can be applied directly to the teeth.

Let Us Help You

While pet dental products prove to help reduce the signs of periodontal disease, they aren’t a substitute for routine professional examinations and cleanings under anesthesia.

Before adding any pet dental products to your pet’s health repertoire, we recommend a wellness exam to discuss the best approach. Likewise, if you ever notice any signs of periodontal disease, such as bleeding gums, tooth loss, pain, and thick tartar build up, it’s time to address your pet’s needs.

Most pet dental products only add benefits to your pet’s routine, but it’s not always easy to know which ones are safe and effective. That’s where we come in. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. The team at Schertz Animal Hospital is always here to help.