Stages of Dental Disease

Prevention is always better than treatment when it comes to dental health. Finding out whether your beloved pet has a dental health condition is; however, often near impossible as majority of them show no obvious signs at all.

  • Do they suffer from bad breath?
  • Do they have a loss of appetite or difficulty eating?
  • Are they pawing at their mouth?
  • Are they drooling excessively?

Other effects of dental disease:

  • teeth and/or jaw bones are weak and fractured
  • bone infection (osteomyelititis)
  • bloodstream is infected by bacteria from the mouth.
  • nasal discharge from a hole forming in the nasal passages
  • dental disease is linked to other health problems such as kidney, liver and heart disease
  • Problems in the oral cavity and maybe associated with damage to internal organs in some patients as they age

We've compiled some tips and tricks for your pet to keep their teeth looking and feeling healthy.

Care Guides

Tips & Tricks for Teeth Brushing
  • Start slowly and be patient. Give your forever-friends plenty of praise and affection! Create a routine by brushing at the same time every night, keeping in mind your pet's personality. If they're friendlier after dinner, schedule the brushing around that time
  • Prepare your pet; get your pet used to the sensation of touch on their lips, teeth and gums using your finger.
  • The next stage; repeat this touch with a piece of flavoured (stock or tuna) cloth wrapped or a cotton wool bud. Start along their gum lines before lightly massaging their teeth and gums.
  • Introduce the toothbrush; dip the toothbrush in the same flavour before holding it at a 45degree angle to the tooth gently brushing back and forth in a circular motion (gum to tip).
  • Introduce the toothpaste; rub a small amount of toothpaste onto their rubber chew toys and encourage them to play and chew.

Dental Hygiene Tools

  • Pet specific tooth brush; failing this a soft human tooth brush maybe used
  • Pet specific toothpaste; human toothpaste is harmful to pets if swallowed.
  • Oral rinses and gels. Note; These must be pet specific, ask us for guidance
  • Nutritionally complete superior dry food that which is designed to help to clean their teeth.
  • Rubber chew toys
  • Dental treats, carrots or apples, pig’s ears, noses or trotters or rawhide bones
  • Raw bones. Note; Avoid bones which are hard enough to fracture your dog’s teeth

Below are the stages of dental disease that you may need to watch out for