A mouth with healthy teeth and gums should have very little odour--maybe just a trace of a recent meal or favourite chew toy.
It's not just about bad breath. The odour comes from unhealthy bacteria that live in plaque and tartar along the gum line. Gingivitis is a form of gum disease in which the gums are red and inflamed. These gums have fragile blood vessel walls and can provide an entrance for bacteria to access the bloodstream, allowing them to travel to organs throughout the body. Even older pets can enjoy great dental health with appropriate treatment and dental cleaning.
We have lots of options for oral health. Hills' T/D and Royal Canin's Dental Diet are two examples of great diets we sell that can dramatically decrease the amount of tartar your pet has and is great as a preventive diet to decrease the amount of dental work your pet will require in its life.Denta Pro chews are also a great alternative to rawhides. These chews are not only digestible, but help to decrease tartar build up.
Of course, nothing beats teeth brushing! If you can brush your pet's teeth daily you will see the best results. We have various types of toothpaste, brushes and water additives that can aid in plaque prevention.
Did you know there is a veterinary oral health council that has done research to give us a list of approved food and treats to help keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy? Visit www.vohc.org for a complete listing.