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The very best action a pet owner can take in preventing periodontal disease is to brush teeth every day. But for those days that you don't brush, or for pets who won't allow you to brush their teeth, there are dental diets and chews as an alternative.
Dental Diets and Treats
Several food manufacturers like Purina and Hills have designed dental diets for dogs and cats to prevent tartar buildup on the surface of the tooth. T/D and DH are carried specifically by veterinarians and you should consult with your vet before starting any dental diet.
There are different sizes ranging from feline, canine small bites for smaller mouths, and canine for larger dogs.
The design of the varying size is to fit the size of the tooth. The texture of the kibble allows for the tooth to penetrate into the kibble before the kibble breaks apart. As your pet chews the kibble, the particles act as a cleaning agent scraping the tartar off the surface of the tooth.
There is also a wide assortment of dental rawhide treats available both for cats and dogs that are treated with an enzyme that helps to dissolve the tartar.
CET Chews use a Dual-Enzyme system which is activated by saliva to produce ions which help to eliminate plaque-forming bacteria. The abrasive texture of the chew rubs against the surface of the tooth wearing off the tartar and plaque buildup. Feel free to call about trying a sample of a dental diet or dental chew for your pet.
Easy steps to a healthy mouth!
1. Make Brushing a Healthy Habit
Brush! Brushing your pets' teeth is the best way to keep those pearly whites healthy! Brushing is only effective when done a minimum of 3 times a week and is ideally done every day.
2. Use Dental Chews & Dental Diets
Give your pet daily treats and diets that are designed to prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
3. Fight Plaque with Every Drink
There are also oral rinses that can be added to your pets' drinking water. They help prevent plaque accumulation and freshen your pet's breath at the same time. Some research supports their use and some shows nominal improvement in the support of periodontal health. If your pets enjoys the additive, use it!