February is Pet Dental Month, and it’s commonly known that dental care is imperative to a pet’s overall health. The AVMA recommends that a dog’s teeth and gums be checked at least once a year by a veterinarian to examine for signs of a problem and to help keep its mouth healthy.
According to Jax & Cali, there are no outward signs and symptoms to gum disease. Once it advances, it can cause chronic pain, eroded gums, missing teeth and bone loss. The company recommends pets receive daily brushings along with being vigilant of the signs of gum disease, which include bad breath, loose teeth, loss of appetite or dropping food from the mouth and blood in the pet’s water bowl or on chew toys.
Many pet owners also don’t know that periodontal disease impacts an estimated 80 percent of dogs by age 3. In fact, 50 percent of pet parents don’t notice any signs of periodontal disease in their dogs, according to 2020 data from WHIMZEES all-natural daily dental chews for dogs.
However, not all consumers have the time to regularly brush their pet’s teeth and to take them for professional cleanings. It’s no secret that physically brushing a dog’s teeth is a challenge, which causes many pet parents to neglect proper dental care and overlook a debilitating disease that can impact a dog’s quality of life and overall health.
“Consumers are busy and love their pets but don’t always have adequate time or the knowledge of how to take care of their pet’s dental care,” said Scott Reinhardt, vice president of sales and marketing at Swedencare USA. “They are much more likely to use a product daily that can help decrease and prevent plaque than implementing a regular and sometimes very expensive dental cleaning schedule.”
Retailers are wise to walk their customers through dental care options like those that follow, which not only tackle bad breath and plaque and tartar buildup but also come in flavors that dogs will love and make the dental care process easier and fun. Then you can guide them to what works best for their dog and their schedule.
dailydose Dental Doubles gives dogs the equivalent of their toothbrush + toothpaste in one tasty, daily treat. First, the dental ingredient (derived from honey bee royal jelly) fights plaque to support healthy teeth and gums. Then, powerful scrubbing fibers brush away hard-to-reach buildup to clean teeth & freshen breath.
TrueBlue Dental Wipes
TrueBlue’s Fast and Fresh Dental Wipes are as effective as brushing, but much easier to use. Most vets agree that you need friction to remove plaque — that’s why we humans brush our own teeth, and don’t just use water additives or spray on gels. The TrueBlue Dental Wipes have a textured pad that really helps loosen plaque and an all-natural cleansing solution with organic parsley, organic peppermint and baking soda.
Dental Care Munchables
Simply Kind Hearted Dental Care Munchables for cats are delicious daily treats that prevent plaque and tartar buildup. They are crafted with mint for a fresh breath and Vitamin E to protect your cat’s healthy cells. Give Dental Care Munchables to your cat daily to support strong teeth, fresh breath and overall dental health. 50% Treat. 50% Supplement. 100% Love.
Oratene Brushless Oral Care
Oratene Brushless Oral Care brings the power of enzymes to help keep dogs and cats’ teeth clean, breath fresh, and gums healthy. Veterinarian recommended and works without brushing. Includes a Drinking Water Additive, a Brushless Toothpaste Gel and Breath Freshening Spray. Contains no xylitol, chlorhexidine, detergents or dyes.
Organic Dental Solutions
The Organic Dental Solutions Bamboo Dental Kits is your perfect pet dental essential. The USDA-certified organic kits feature an eco-friendly, sustainably harvested Moso Bamboo toothbrush. The biodegradable and anti-microbial handle is from one piece of naturally grown Moso Bamboo from a FSC Certified Forest. For improved grip, it is coated in organic soybean wax and free of toxic glues or paints and has ergonomic, dental-grade, nylon bristles that can be recycled.
Veterinarian-recommended Petsmile is the first and only toothpaste accepted by the VOHC for plaque inhibition, with Calprox. It’s formulated with human-grade ingredients and is free of animal by-products, BPA, silica, sulfates, parabens and gluten. The VOHC with the American Veterinary Dental College recognizes that Petsmile meets the highest standards for your dog’s oral health.
Oxyfresh Dental Cleaning Kit
The Dental Teeth Cleaning Kit from Oxyfresh features a professional-grade Pet Dental Gel toothpaste with Oxygene and aloe plus a convenient finger brush. All products at Oxyfresh are made in the USA, cruelty-free, non-toxic, safe, gentle and effective. They contain no artificial flavors ever.
WHIMZEES Daily Use Packs
Daily Use Packs allow pet parents to purchase WHIMZEES dental treats in portions that encourage daily use with more convenience. Filled with the brand’s reimagined toothbrush shape, Brushzees, and offered in one-week, two-week and one-month supplies, the pack sizes encourage pet parents to take one simple step each day of the week to care for their dog’s teeth.
Merrick Fresh Kisses
Merrick Fresh Kisses dental treats are crafted with all-natural ingredients such as mint breath strips, coconut oil and a combination of botanical oils to freshen breath. Available in two flavors, the innovative dental treat features a unique double-brush design to clean a dog’s teeth by removing plaque and tartar.
Remedy+Recovery Plaque Re-Lease Easy Pinch Tablets for Dogs are a daily oral care product that reduces plaque, tartar and bad breath with no toothbrushing required. Can be given to dogs three convenient ways: Pinch tablet on top of dog’s food, pinch tablet on dog’s tongue or place tablet inside dog’s cheek.
Jax & Cali Toothbrush Wipes
Each easy-to-use, pre-moistened toothbrush wipe has been formulated with natural enzymes to inhibit and reduce bacterial growth, plaque and inflammation while promoting white teeth and fresh breath. Good oral care will help prevent periodontal disease (often subtle and unnoticed) that, when left untreated, can result in heart, liver and kidney damage as well as tooth extraction and costly veterinary visits. Use daily to keep your pet’s mouth clean and healthy.
N-Bone Puppy Chews
Puppies and adolescent dogs often have an urge to chew. Give them a taste of fall and satisfy that urge with our pumpkin flavored N-Bone Puppy Teething Rings. Made with real pumpkin, and formulated with DHA and calcium to support your puppy’s unique nutritional needs.
Swedencare’s ProDen PlaqueOff Powder for dogs is 100 percent natural and when used daily can significantly complement ordinary dental hygiene by scrubbing away plaque and tartar. It can be sprinkled over food or added to water. Swedencare’s other products incorporating the ProDen PlaqueOff System include Crunchy Dental Bites and Dental Bones in regular size and minis.