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Dental disease is one of the most common medical conditions in pets. By the age of three, 70 percent of cats and 80 percent of dogs have some form of dental disease which can take years off a pet's life. 

Dental disease can result in life-threatening complications. Bacteria from the mouth travels under the gum line and into the bloodstream affecting all major organs, including the heart, liver, and kidneys. That is why pet owners must take preventative measures. 

Here are some great tips to keeping your pet's breath fresh!

• Regular Brushing

You need to brush your pet's teeth once a day! Use a pet-safe toothpaste and a finger brush or cloth to gently clean away plaque. This is very important and is the most effective way to prevent dental disease. 

Without brushing, plaque can build up, putting the dog or cat at risk of bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. This may later cause painful infection affecting the animal's ability or desire to eat and cause more damage to its health. 

• Dental Diet & Treats

Dental diets and treats are formulated to help scrub the teeth as the dog chews.

• Chew Toys

Good chew toys can help slow dental disease through their abrasive action. A good toy is bendable, softer than teeth, and must not be so small that it can be swallowed whole. 

Opt for rubbery and bendable chew toys that allow treats to be tucked inside. Avoid thick, heavy, rawhide toys, hard Yak cheese or Antler horns that can break or fracture a pet's teeth or worse, cause gastrointestinal problems if a pet swallows a large piece.

• Dental Scaling & Polishing

Proper pet dental care involves more than just brushing or scraping tartar off the teeth. A thorough cleaning involves scaling, probing, and polishing at the clinic by a veterinarian. 

Yellow or stained teeth with visible plaque.
Teeth cleared of plaque after a dental procedure.

When performed correctly, this helps catch early signs of dental disease and abnormalities and possibly, prevent future extractions.

By: Dr Goh Shuling (Dr Forest)
BVSc (Melbourne)(Hons)
Principal Vet, Happy Vet 

About Happy Vet…

Dr Goh Shuling (Dr Forest)

Happy Vet is a dedicated housecall vet service. Professional, caring, compassionate and trusted, they provide a wide range of vet care services for your pets in the comfort of your home.

Dr Forest is the Principal Vet of Happy Vet. She believes in the importance of working closely with pet owners to provide the best possible care for their furkids. 

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