MAINTAINING PETS HEALTHY GUMS
(NewsUSA) – Smelly doggie breath can be annoying. And dog owners go to great lengths to eliminate or cover it up. But be aware — pet oral care goes beyond preventing bad doggie breath. Poor gum health allows nasty bacteria to make a beeline straight for a pet’s circulatory system. This will have harmful effects on vital organs. That is why maintaining a pet’s gums to keep them healthy is a must.
Periodontal disease is the leading health condition affecting three-fourths of dogs and cats age three or older. Moreover, pet owners are often not regularly providing at-home oral care and veterinary assessments and treatments. Plaque on pets’ teeth forms as bacteria, and food particles coat the teeth and develop a biofilm. Besides, If not cleaned off, plaque irritates the gum line and can cause gingivitis and harden on the tooth surface to cause tartar. With more accumulation, gingivitis may progress to periodontal disease. Diseased gums can act as a bacterial superhighway into the pet’s circulatory system and may ultimately adversely affect vital organs.
“Gum disease, which research tells us will affect more than just a pet’s mouth, initiates by plaque accumulating on teeth and not being cleaned,” said Dr. Jan Bellows. Dr. Jan Bellows is a veterinary dental specialist and incoming president of the American Veterinary Dental College. “The good news is every pet parent has the power to keep their pet’s teeth clean and gums healthy. It starts with daily at-home oral care. Start with brushing using the Veterinary Oral Health Council (www.vohc.org)-approved dental products. And each pet should have a veterinary oral exam at least annually with professional cleanings as advised.”
Pet owners will be thrilled to know that Greenies Brand recently introduced a canine dental chew. Their dental chew carries the Veterinary Oral Health Seal of Acceptance to reduce plaque and tartar build-up. Additionally, been clinically proven to help maintain healthier gums. These fifth-generation chews by Greenies use a highly palatable, natural recipe. Greenies with added vitamins and minerals, nutritionally complete and balanced will be available in veterinary clinics and pet specialty stores nationwide. I strongly recommend getting greenies here.
Source: News USA