How can Periodontal Disease be Prevented?
Regular removal of dental plaque prevents the development of tartar, gingivitis and periodontal disease. This may be accomplished by meticulously brushing the animal’s teeth on a regular basis (at least 3 times per week). Although this is the most effective way to prevent periodontal disease, few pet owners are willing or able to regularly brush their pet’s teeth.
Alternative ways to reduce the formation of dental plaque and tartar include:
- Dry diets, as opposed to moist/canned or semi-moist diets, which help remove plaque during chewing;
- Rawhide or other similar chew-type products that require significant chewing;
-Diets or treats that contain additives that have been clinically proven to reduce the formation of plaque and/or tartar.