Did you know bad breath is often the first sign of oral hygiene problems? It is estimated that 80% of all dogs and cats over three years of age have dental disease.
After each meal, plaque (an adhesive layer of bacteria) forms on your pet’s teeth. Gradually plaque hardens to form calculus, which is typically brown or yellowish in colour. Calculus provides an ideal surface for further bacterial growth, leading to inflammation of the gums. This is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is REVERSIBLE with professional descaling, polishing and subsequent home care.
If left untreated, the gums become detached from the tooth forming ‘pockets’ which predispose to further plaque build up. This represents the first stage of periodontitis. Early stage periodontitis is also REVERSIBLE with professional descaling, polishing and subsequent home care.
In the absence of appropriate care, the progression of periodontitis see’s the gums start to recede and supportive tissues of the teeth destroyed. This may result in root exposure,abscess formation and teeth becoming loose or falling out.
Advanced stages of periodontitis are IRREVERSIBLE and may require tooth extraction. In addition to the effects within the mouth, it has also been shown that bacteria within the oral cavity may enter the bloodstream via the inflamed gums and damage other organs of the body, such as the heart, liver and kidneys.
What can you do?
Regularly check for signs of dental problems. For example monitor your cat’s breath and look for signs of calculus and/or reddening of the gums. If you notice any of these signs then consult your veterinary surgeon.
Remember that prevention is better than cure! It is recommend that you start a daily oral hygiene programme for your pet, the earlier the better!
Veterinary dental products such as LOGIC®
have been specially designed to help you achieve good oral hygiene for your pet.
products contain an enzyme complex which supplements your pet’s own natural salivary system. This enzyme complex helps attack bacteria in the mouth and control plaque.
Logic® Oral Hygiene Gel:
This is a highly palatable gel formulation containing a complex of naturally occurring enzymes which control the bacteria responsible for the development of plaque and bad breath. It has a pleasant malt taste and is very well tolerated by both cats and dogs.
- Once daily administration, ideally after your pet’s last meal of the day.
- Administer about 1cm for cats and small dogs, 2cm for dogs less than 20kg and 5cm for dogs over 20kg.
- Daily brushing is the single most effective means of removing plaque and is therefore highly recommended for optimal results.
- Every tube of Logic® Oral Hygiene Gel contains a fingerbrush to aid application.
- If brushing isn’t possible, then LOGIC® Oral Hygiene Gel can also be used without brushing. Options include:
- Apply directly onto the teeth and gums using a finger and/or the applicator nozzle within each pack.
- For cats where access to the mouth isn’t possible, apply onto the top of the paw for the cat to lick off.