Crunching on kibble and chewing on raw bones and dental treats will definitely help scrape calculus from teeth, but it’s nowhere near as effective as regular brushing and dental cleanings. Regular visits to vet for oral & dental healthcare for your furry four legged friend could be quite expensive. Hence, Trixie offers a solution for all furry four legged parents keeping their budget into account. Trixie is a German brand specializing in accessories for pets in general, make more comfortable people peacefully coexist with animals in the home.
A complete kit for oral health care, Trixie’s Dental Hygiene Set contains:
- Minty Toothpaste: It is enzymatic toothpaste with added mint for fresh breath, the toothpaste helps to prevent tartar build-up on the teeth and improves dental hygiene.
- A Double Headed Toothbrush: The large brush is ideal for the front teeth while the long handle allows the smaller brush head to be used on the molars.
- A Finger Toothbrush: Ideal for sensitive dogs and puppies when introducing a regular dental regime, this brush allows for gentle brushing of sensitive areas.
- A Finger Massage Brush: Promotes blood circulation and prevents gums from receding.
- Silicon Dioxide
- Alkyl Polyglycosides
- Cellulose Gum
- Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate
If you’re like many dog parents, you may be wondering…
Typically, once a year is plenty for a dog dental cleaning, but the timing depends on your pup. Some dogs need to come in more often for a dental cleaning. It depends on their breed and genetics. For example,smaller dog breeds often need more timely visits. Also, if your dog has periodontal disease, he or she will need more frequent teeth cleanings.
Again, it depends on your dog. Some don’t need a dog dental cleaning until they’re 6 or 7 years old. Other dogs, especially smaller dog breeds, need a dental cleaning by the time they’re 2 years old.
Dental disease (aka, pet periodontal disease) is the most widespread disease in adult dogs and cats. As many as 85% of dogs have the disease by the time they’re three or four years old. If pet periodontal disease isn’t treated, it can really harm your dog’s body:
- Causing chronic pain
- Destroying your dog’s teeth, gums and bones
- Contributing to even more serious issues, such as damage to your dog’s major organs
The good news is you can easily prevent periodontal disease in your dog, particularly if you start early. It simply takes a combination of using dog dental care products at home and regular dental cleanings. You can save your dog from a lot of discomfort and pain. Not to mention, you can save yourself a lot of money.
Dog periodontal disease is an inflammation and infection in the gums around your pet’s teeth. It’s caused by bacteria. The bacteria build up in your dog’s mouth. They form soft plaque that can get underneath the gum line and harden into tartar.
Keep in mind, dog periodontal disease can be difficult to identify. Plus, dogs are good at hiding pain. For example, dogs with severe cases of periodontal disease may still be eating regularly. Ultimately, though, they’ll reach a point in which they start swallowing their food without chewing it. Nonetheless, you may notice your dog has:
- Bad breath
- Irritated gums
- Heavy salivation
- Problems picking up food
- Reluctance to eat (particularly in cats)
- A tendency to chew on one side of the mouth, and/or
- Bumps and lumps in the mouth
If you begin to notice any of these symptoms, it’s best to bring your dog in for a veterinary visit.
There are a variety of daily activities that you can do at home to help prevent dog periodontal disease. For example, you can:
- Give your dog a dental chew
- Add a drinking water additive to your dog’s water bowl to fight plaque and freshen breath
- Squirt a dental oral rinse into your dog’s mouth (If your dog is sensitive to drinking water additives, many families find this option to be a good alternative.)
- Brush your dog’s teeth with a special toothbrush and toothpaste
If you’re giving your dog chew toys, the more chewing you can get him or her to do, the better. Keep in mind, though, once the plaque has built up, the toy may not help break the plaque down. The most important thing is to make sure the chew toy or bone won’t fracture your dog’s teeth. A good rule of thumb is, if you knock your dog’s chew toy or bone on your own knee and it hurts, it’s too hard for the dog and runs the risk of fracturing teeth.
An anesthesia-free teeth cleaning is a cosmetic procedure. It isn’t a thorough, oral health procedure. Because your dog is awake, the technician can’t clean beneath your pet’s gum line or along the interior side of the teeth.(And remember, these are areas that are vulnerable to periodontal disease.)Your dog’s teeth may look good following anesthesia-free teeth cleanings. With x-rays, though, our veterinarians often find that the teeth have rotted underneath. There are other risks too, such as:
- Stress and anxiety for your dog
- Injuries to your dog if he or she makes a sudden movement
In the 24 hours after a dog dental cleaning, your pet may still be a little sleepy. (With that said, there is typically very little after-effect because we run IV fluids during the dental cleaning.)
- Make sure your dog is comfortable and has a nice place to rest.
- Offer food if your dog is ready, but don’t be concerned if he or she needs a little time.
The big thing is, don’t plan on taking your dog for a five-mile hike right after a dog dental cleaning!