How Purina® DentaLife® helps your dog
Having a dog with healthy teeth helps to keep both of you happy – they’ll be comfortable and it means fewer visits to the vet! Prevention is always better than cure, which is why we continue to find better ways to help your dog stay healthy.
Caring for your dog’s teeth will not only help to prevent bad breath; it can also help to reduce the risk of dental disease. This can help prevent other health problems too. Research shows that bacteria under the gums can travel to the heart, kidneys, and liver if left untreated – a scary thought for the pet you love and care for. 85% of all pets have periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years old, so it’s important to stay informed about how best to care for their dental health needs.
No pet owners like to see their beloved friend go through any pain, and doing what you can to enable healthy teeth will reduce the risk of painful teeth loss.
So how does Purina® DentaLife® help you and your dog?
There are various forms of dental cleaning that you can provide for your dog. We all know that dogs love to chew on things, so why not let them chew on something that will help them stay healthy?
Purina® DentaLife® is designed to clean your dog’s teeth whilst they chew on it without any extra effort involved. It has a unique shape with 8 distinct ridges that clean your dog’s teeth right down to the gum line. Dental disease usually starts with a build-up of plaque, which will eventually turn into tartar. This quickly leads to small pocket formations where your dog’s gums meet its teeth, allowing more bacteria and food to accumulate.
Purina® DentaLife® will help clean hard-to-reach areas that other methods may not be able to reach. It’s also been scientifically proven to reduce tartar build-up. Over time, as your dog chews on PURINA DENTALIFE™, you will be helping to keep their breath fresh.
Purina® DentaLife® includes no artificial flavourings or colourants, and with its wholesome ingredients and a tasty chicken flavour, your dog can happily chew away.
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Along with a wagging tail and muddy paws, many of us may assume that smelly breath is just another everyday dog trait. However, bad breath in dogs can be an early sign of dental health issues.
Just like us, dogs can have dental problems. However, as they can’t go for a check-up with the dentist, it’s our responsibility as owners to make sure that they’re healthy.
Health issues associated with bad breath
As dogs can’t tell you themselves, it can be tough to tell if they’re having problems with their dental health. That’s why it’s important to know what signs to look out for. Bad breath in dogs is one of the first signs that something could be wrong.
There are two common dental health issues associated with bad breath; gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Gingivitis in dogs
A dental health issue that affects dogs and humans alike, gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums as they react to plaque. Gingivitis in dogs can often be a cause of bad breath. Other effects of gingivitis in dogs include redness, swelling and even bleeding of the gums.
Gingivitis in dogs is quite common – more than 80% of pets over three years of age will experience the problem. It can affect toy breeds (such as Chihuahuas) earlier on.
Gingivitis can be usually reversed with good oral hygiene, but could progress to periodontal disease if left untreated. The best way to avoid the problem is to take care of your pet’s teeth, such as giving them a daily Purina® DentaLife® chew.
Periodontal disease in dogs
Periodontal diseases are a group of dental problems that affect the tissue that supports your dog’s teeth – such as gums and jaw bones.
Periodontal diseases in dogs are caused by unseen pockets that collect bacteria between your dog’s teeth and gums, which is the first phase of the development of periodontal disease.
The plaque build-up then causes gingivitis and goes on to affect surrounding tissue. The final stage of the disease is bone loss and tooth removal, and can even go on to develop into other issues that affect the whole body including your dog’s heart, liver and kidney function.
There are some factors that make some dogs more prone to periodontal disease including their breed, alignment of teeth and if they chew on hard objects. However, there are steps you can take to minimise these risks – the key being keeping your pet’s teeth clean, perhaps with a daily Purina® DentaLife® chew.
If you’re unsure about your pet’s dental health or have any questions, speak to your vet for further information and advice.
Gum disease in dogs can cause discomfort, dental health problems and, if left untreated, it can lead to deeper issues. Knowing how to spot the signs of gum disease in dogs will help keep the issues at bay and prevent potential long term health problems.
Cause of gum disease in dogs
Bacteria is the main cause of gum disease in dogs, also known as periodontal disease. Bacteria – along with food, saliva, and other particles – forms a sticky film called plaque over your dog’s teeth. Your dog’s immune system tries to clean up the plaque by releasing enzymes that can break down gum tissue. This leads to inflamed gums and destroyed tissue, and if left untreated, further gum disease.
Because dogs can’t brush their teeth they tend to have more plaque, meaning there’s more potential for disease. Sometimes it’s easy to miss the early signs of gum disease in dogs, mainly because your dog can’t tell you what’s wrong or may try to hide any pain they have. However, there are signs you can look out for to help keep them in good health.
Symptoms of gum disease in dogs
You should examine your dog’s gums and mouth regularly for signs of gum disease. Bad breath is the most obvious sign, but look out for reddened, bleeding or swollen gums, crusted yellow-brown tartar build-up on the teeth and drooling.
Other signs can be obvious from your dog’s behaviour. Depending on how long you’ve had your dog or how familiar you are with their habits you may notice them having problems picking up food or making noises when they eat. You may also find that they’re leaving blood in their water bowl or on chew toys, or producing more nasal discharge or ropey saliva.
If your dog displays any signs or symptoms of dog gum disease mentioned above, or you have any concerns, the first thing to do is take your dog to the vet for an examination. Some of the bacteria may be hiding below your dog’s gum line and a dental X-ray can reveal the extent of any bacterial damage.
To help take care of your dog’s dental health, give your dog Purina® DentaLife® once a day. Its chewy, porous texture and ridged design helps to clean even the hard-to-reach areas, and it also freshens breath for a deep clean. Speak to your vet if you’d like more information on how you can help to maintain your dog’s oral hygiene.
How often do you clean your teeth? Your dog’s teeth and gums deserve the same regular attention as yours – which should ideally be every day. A daily oral care routine leads to a healthy mouth, and that can help your pet live a long and healthy life.
How can I clean my dog’s teeth at home
Cleaning dogs’ teeth is important, as it can prevent the build up of plaque and tartar. If left untouched for 3-5 days, plaque combines with minerals in your dog’s saliva to harden and turn to tartar. Tartar can irritate your dog’s gums and provide a rough surface to harbor more bacteria, causing gingivitis (a swelling and reddening of the gums) and can lead to bad breath – which you’ll probably notice! Keeping your dog’s teeth clean can help scrape away plaque.
Purina® DentaLife® is a dental dog treat that helps to reduces tartar build up, even in those hard to reach teeth at the back of the mouth that are most vulnerable. Our dental chews are designed for use every day. Daily chewing means more time cleaning your dog’s teeth!
Dog’s teeth cleaning at the vet
At a regular dog dental check-up, your vet will look at several different areas to make sure your dog’s mouth is as healthy as it can be. This includes examining your dog’s face and head to look out for anything unusual. They’ll take a closer look into their mouth and check the lining of their lips, the surfaces of their teeth and gums, the hard-to-reach inner surfaces of their teeth and gums as well as their tongue, palate, tonsils and the area underneath the tongue.
If your dog’s teeth have tartar build up your vet may recommend that this is removed with cleaning – this should be performed under anaesthetic to keep your dog as comfortable as possible. This professional dog teeth cleaning procedure (called a prophylaxis) might include:
- Flushing their mouth with an antibacterial solution.
- Cleaning their teeth with handheld and ultrasonic scalers to remove tartar from above and below the gum line.
- Using a disclosing solution to show any areas of remaining plaque – and then removing it.
- Polishing their teeth to remove microscopic scratches.
- Inspecting each tooth, and the gum around it, for any signs of disease.
- Extracting any teeth that are beyond repair.
Once your dog’s teeth are sparkling clean your vet will then advise you how you can keep them that way. By cleaning your dog’s teeth at home you can take on the responsibility of their regular dental care, cut down on vet visits and help keep your dog’s teeth and gums in top condition!
Dogs explore, eat and investigate with their mouths, so they are constantly exposed to various forms of bacteria each and every day. As dogs can’t clean their own teeth, it’s your responsibility as their owner to help to maintain their dental health. After all, a healthy pet starts with a healthy mouth. A daily oral care routine helps your pet live a long and healthy life.
Your dog’s healthy gums and clean teeth contribute positively towards their general wellbeing. Bacteria associated with poor dog dental care can cause pain, discomfort and disease, meaning that your dog could struggle to eat or even enjoy playing fetch anymore – making a very unhappy pet! Bad breath caused by dental diseases will also make your dog less pleasant to be around, which is bad news for you too. What’s even worse is that if left untreated, poor oral hygiene could lead to health problems that can potentially cause damage to your dog’s kidneys, heart and other organs.
We understand that as a loving owner you’ll want to avoid these issues at all costs and keep your dog as happy and as healthy as possible.
A daily canine dental care routine will not only help to keep your dog healthy and happy but also avoid any extra trips to the vets, which should be good news for both you and your pet!
The first step to a healthy, and therefore happy, dog is Purina® DentaLife®. Purina® DentaLife®is a new innovation in dog dental care. Our dental sticks have a chewy, porous texture and unique ridged design that has been scientifically proven to help scrub even hard-to-reach teeth. Its tasty chicken flavour also makes PURINA DENTALIFE™ a tasty treat for your dog, cleaning deeply as they chew.
Like you, it’s best if your dog’s teeth are cleaned every day as bacteria and tartar starts to develop quickly if not treated. Give your dog Purina® DentaLife® every day – the more time they spend chewing, the more time they’re cleaning their teeth.