Dental Health Month

The importance of dental care.
4 out of 5 dogs older than the age of three are affected by dental health problems. With cats it is approximately 2 out of 3 cats older than the age of 3. Dental problems are painful and can also cause other problems in the organ system. All the more reason to look after and take care of the teeth of your pet and have it regularly checked.

Teeth of dog and cat
The symptoms of dental problems are often first noticed when the problems are in an advanced stage. Possible consequences include severe gum disease and loss of teeth. Gum disease is very painful to your pet, the bacteria can cause damage to the heart, liver and kidneys of your pet. Just as for humans preventing dental problems is far better than having to find a cure!

What are the consequences of not taking care of the teeth?
Food particles, bacteria and saliva can cause a white coating on the teeth, this is called plaque. If this is not removed in time it can harden into tartar. With build-up of bacteria an inflammation in the gums can occur. Teeth can become loose and the inflammation increases blood flow, which causes the bacteria and the waste products of the inflammation to spread to kidneys, heart, liver and joints, this can cause serious damage to the organs.

What are the symptoms of inflammation?

 Gum and jaw inflammation are painful conditions. If your dog or cat shows any of the above symptoms, please make an appointment with your clinician or veterinarian.

What is a dental cleaning?
A dental cleaning is a standard treatment for beginning tartar and gingivitis. The treatment consists of manual and ultrasonic removal of the tartar, followed by polishing of the teeth. The polishing is very effective to slow down the return of tartar.

What can I do to prevent tartar?
What can you do to preserve dental health:

1. Extruded food
Always use extruded kibble, for axample, Max Adult or Max Senior as main food! Max is excellent food with several positive effects and naturally balanced nutrition for every dog and cat.

2. Brush teeth
Besides the right kind of food we advise brush teeth daily with already formed plaque. This can be done with a toothbrush, fingerbrush or a finger gauze. Clean the teeth by brushing is always best! Make it a routine by brushing every day. This is often the easiest by using a gauze around your finger (AFP Sparkle Vinger Wipes

3. Mouthwater
If brushing is too much of a task. Then use Dog & Cat Dental Breath + Tooth Spray. Provides by regular use a fresh breath and keeps your teeth in good condition. Dental Breath + Tooth Spray goes against plaque buildup
Applicable at: Dogs, cats and ferrets.

We wish you good luck in preventing plaque!