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Oral Care for Bend’s Pet Owners: How Your Dental Health Affects Your Furry Friends

If you’re living here or just visiting Bend, you’ll immediately notice how pet-friendly our community is. There are so many dogs around; it might seem like there are more dogs than people. Being a good pet owner means caring for your pet’s oral health. Still, many people don’t realize that their personal dental hygiene can also significantly impact their furry friend’s health – and vice versa. Taking care of your teeth is just as vital for you as it is for your pet. Yes, we realize this may sound silly and seem extremely rare, but studies have shown there is something to it! In this blog , we’ll give you some tips on how to keep your teeth and your pet’s teeth healthy and strong.

Effects of Poor Oral Health on Pets: From Infectious Diseases to Bad Breath

Poor oral health in animals can be due to various factors, including neglect and genetics. However, some of the most common oral problems in dogs and cats are gum disease, cavities, oral infections, and bad breath.

When you don’t take care of your oral health, the bacteria in your mouth can build up and form a sticky film called plaque, which can turn into tartar. The same bacteria can also be transmitted to your furbaby through kissing and licking. To avoid transferring bacteria that can cause gum disease and infections to your furry friend, it’s essential to properly clean and care for your teeth.

When tartar becomes a problem in your pet’s mouth, it can lead to a condition known as periodontal disease, just like in humans. This disease can affect all of the tissues around their teeth, resulting in the loss of teeth and even the integrity of some bones in the jaw. Periodontal disease can also lead to some serious systemic conditions in your animal, such as lung, liver, kidney, heart, and eye diseases.

Keeping Your Own and Your Pet’s Teeth Clean: The Connection

So, how do you maintain good oral health in both yourself and your beloved companion? Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy mouth:

Brush and Floss Regularly

        • You should brush and floss your teeth twice a day, every day. Brushing your teeth will help remove food and plaque from your teeth and gums. Flossing is also important because it can remove food and plaque between your teeth, which can be missed and become a breeding ground for bacteria.
        • When it comes to your animal, you should always brush their teeth with a pet-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste. Some pet owners skip brushing their teeth because it can be a bit challenging, but it’s important not to avoid this important step. Brushing your pet’s teeth will help prevent many oral problems and will keep its teeth, gums, and bones healthy.

        Monitor Diet and Nutrition

          • The food you eat and the type of nutrients you get will have a considerable impact on your oral health. Foods that are high in sugar, acidic, or sticky can increase your risk of developing gum disease and cavities. Make sure to get a variety of nutrients from foods like fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains.
          • It’s important for your cute creature to have a balanced diet that includes the right amount of vitamins, minerals, protein, and fat. The nutrients your pet gets from its diet can greatly impact the health of its oral cavity. Make sure to feed your pet properly to keep its teeth, gums, and bones healthy.

          Visit Dentist and Veterinarian Regularly

            • Regular dental check-ups are an important part of both your and your pet’s oral care. You should visit your dentist at least once a year for a check-up. During this check-up, your dentist will check your teeth, gums, and other tissues in your mouth. If a problem is found, your dentist will be able to discuss treatment options with you.
            • Regular veterinary visits can help prevent and treat common oral problems for your pet. Make sure your vet performs regular oral exams and cleanings, as necessary. Your vet can also answer any questions you might have regarding your pet’s overall oral health.

            Staying Healthy for Both You and Your Furry Friends

            The health of your four-legged friend often reflects your own health. To properly care for your pet, it’s essential to make sure that your own dental health is in check. You can also ensure your pet’s health by taking the same preventative steps as you do for yourself, such as regular dental check-ups and cleanings, a nutritious diet, and good oral hygiene. By keeping a solid, connected lifestyle to healthy oral care, you and your furry friend will be able to enjoy both a happy and healthy life.