Why Dental Care Matters

Good dental care can help your pup live a longer, 
happier life and avoid costly vet bills

The Jarrod and Bottles brand was born in response to the millions of pets around the world sufering needlesly from periodontal disease. Most of all, one very important pet who spured us to action after passing away under general anaesthtice during a routine teeth cleaning procedure. It's a subject very close to home and something we're particularly passionate about.

The American Veterinary Dental College lists periodontal disease as the most common health problem in adult dogs. 

Periodontal (gum) disease explained

It's estimated that 80% of dogs over the age of three will experience dental disease. Luckily for us, it's also one of the most easily preventable.

Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria in the mouth forms a substance called plaque, which sticks to the teeth. Saliva then hardens plaque into tartar. When plaque and tartar spread below the gum line, it damages the tissues around the teeth.

Why is it bad?

Oral health affects the whole system,

Periodontal disease can lead to infections that introduce bacteria into other parts of the body. It also secretes toxins into your dog’s bloodstream, which can affect your dog’s heart, liver, kidneys, and other organs. Much like humans, the most effective way to prevent plaque from turning into tartar is to brush your dog’s teeth.

Risks and costs of anasthesia required for Teethcleaning

Without proper proactive dental care, it's almost certain your adult dog will at some point require professional teeth cleaning to remove tartar and plaque build up. Unfortunately these procedures require general anesthetic as It's just not possible to properly clean teeth and gums on an actively awake dog.

Because of the need for anasethesia even a basic teeth cleaning procedure is pretty pricey and rarely covered by pet insurance. Expect you bill to start at $500 and up (assuming they don't find any further issues during the cleaning process).

Whilst veterinarians will take every precaution to minimize the risks of anesthesia, of your pet's anesthesia. Other rare complications of anesthesia include organ system failure such as kidney liver or heart failure, visual impairment, clotting disorders and seizures.

Prevention is Key, and always better than a cure.

Did you know Vets recomend daily brushing?

Regular brushing and dental cleanings help humans and dogs keep harmful bacteria, like the kind that cause periodontal disease.

Brushing with the right kind of product helps remove bacteria from your dog’s mouth and prevent tartar build-up that can lead to periodontal disease (a.k.a. gum disease).

Gum disease in dogs starts without symptoms but can lead to painful infections and tooth loss. It can even cause life-threatening conditions.

Make Dental care part of your routine

Taking care of your canines’ canines is a vital part of their daily care, right along with exercise, brushing, and feeding.

For most dogs, regular brushing, plenty of fresh water, and the occasional dental chew is enough to ensure a healthy set of chompers for years to come. Daily brushing is necessary to minimize calculus formation.

Dental care for our pets is often highly overlooked. We like to think sticking to a premium dog food and the odd dental chew will sort things out, but that's just not the case. we cannot solely rely on them to keep your dog's mouth 100% healthy.

Prevention and early detection are the key

Periodontal disease is difficult to treat. Like most diseases, it' much easier to prevent than to cure. If you don’t catch periodontal disease in time, the gums become irritated, leading to bleeding and oral pain. If the roots become so severely affected, some teeth become loose and can fall out. Regular brushing not only helps prevent disease from occuring, it gives you the oppurtunity to spot abnormalities or early signs of disease so you can treat them with help from a Vet before they become a serious problem.

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Article credit : Heidi Cohen ( https://heidicohen.com/use-blog-to-sell/ )