5 Reasons to Promote Pet Dental Health

Posted on June 18, 2009 under Pet Health & Safety

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Many pet owners may not realize just how crucial dental care is. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), an organization dedicated to advancing the science and art of veterinary medicine, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of periodontal disease by the age of three. Although pet periodontal disease is completely preventable, it often goes untreated and can threaten the health of your furry friend.

5 Reasons to Promote Pet Dental Health

1. Pets with fresh breath get more lovin’

People love to closely interact with their pets — to snuggle, hug and kiss them. When they have bad breath, snuggles, hugs and kisses don’t happen as often. Fresh breath can help improve the human-pet bond, making pets and people happier.

2. A healthy mouth feels good

Dental disease can cause severe inflammation of the gums and socket of the tooth. Inflammation also means the pet is in pain — even if they don’t show obvious signs of discomfort.

3. Pets with healthy mouths live longer

Pets free of dental disease may live three to five years longer. The stress placed on the immune system and the bacteria that escapes the mouth and makes it’s way into the bloodstream can cause major organs like the lungs, heart,kidneys and liver to age prematurely, thereby shortening their potential life expectancy.

4. Dental disease can lead to tooth loss

Without proper preventive or therapeutic care, plaque and tartar buildup leads to periodontal disease, which affects the tissues and structures supporting the teeth. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause oral pain, dysfunction, tooth loss and systemic complications.

5. Pet owners are looking for a convenient solution

Brushing is the gold standard for keeping the teeth free of tartar, the mouth healthy and the breath fresh. Fewer than one out of 20 pet owners are willing or able to brush their pet’s teeth on a regular basis. That means 19 out of 20 pet owners are open to a more convenient way to control dental disease and doggie breath.

Remember that illnesses and complications caused by periodontal disease are generally preventable with regular checkups and teeth cleanings from your veterinarian. Preventable diseases and ailments are usually not covered by your Pets Best policy, so it is important to maintain the health of your pet’s teeth to avoid costly problems in the future. To further help avoid periodontal disease complications, consider brushing your pet’s teeth on a regular basis and using an oral hygiene cleansing solution. Check out Oxyfresh’s complete line of superior pet care products that include all-natural, cruelty-free ingredients such as Oxygene® for maximum odor-fighting and oral health.