Pet Dental Health


February is Pet Dental Health month.  When this month was first created, a part of the mission was to focus attention on oral health, which much paid attention to back then. The idea’s been successful, as many veterinary practices even offer discounted dentals in February. Of course, in reality, dental health is a year-round issue.

Using a small finger toothbrush

Using a small finger toothbrush

Dental health may be a window into your pets’ health. As veterinary dentist Dr. Jan Bellows suggest your pets’ breath should smell like a bouquet of roses. While that may be an over-statement, if your pets’ breath smells bad, something bad is happening. As the bacteria in your pets’ mouth doesn’t just stay in the mouth, and over time can cause medical problems. After all, can you imagine never brushing your teeth? This is more than only about aesthetics.

There’s more that can be done than ever before, preemptively, aside from wiping and brushing teeth.  OraVet are dental hygiene chews, veterinary supported.

Plaque and calculus are very common problems in dogs. Plaque forms when bacteria attach to teeth, and over time, this plaque hardens to form calculus (tartar). The accumulation of plaque and calculus can lead to bad breath and other problems.  The dual-action approach of OraVet Chews doesn’t just clean teeth, using this product creates a barrier to help protect against plaque, calculus, and bad breath.Pet expert Steve Dale on dental care for pets

Another veterinary product are C.E.T. chews for dogs and C.E.T. chews for cats. These products are clinically proven to reduce plaque and loosen tartar, and the abrasive texture provides at least some substitute for brushing.

So MANY products are now marketing to support dental health, but they’re not all proven. For a list of proven products, check out the Veterinary Oral Health Council.