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Dental Care Quiz

Your pet's teeth and gums are as vulnerable to disease as your own and dental problems can be common in pets over the age of three. As well as being painful and upsetting, the bacteria associated with poor dental care can eventually enter the bloodstream and potentially damage internal organs.

Chew these dental quiz questions over, and find out what you can do to help protect your pet’s teeth and gums.

1. Which two of these warning signs indicate potential dental disease in pets?
a) Reluctance to exercise
b) Reduced appetite
c) Bad breath
d) Showing distress when owner is out of the house

3. What is the major cause or doggy (or kitty) breath?
a) Dogs naturally have bad breath
b) Licking “certain” areas or their anatomy
c) Bacteria
d) Eating smelly food

5. What percentage of dogs over the age of 3 have periodontal disease?
a) 75% - 100%
b) 50% - 75%
c) 25% - 50%
d) 0% - 25%


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b & c) Bad breath and a reduced appetite are just a number of warning signs that can indicate dental disease or periodontal disease. Others can include discoloured teeth, broken or loose teeth, pain or bleeding from the mouth and difficulty chewing or dropping food when eating. Prevention is better than cure as periodontal disease is irreversible and therefore regular visits to your veterinary surgeon, which include an oral exam, are recommended. So too is a good daily oral care routine. Click here to view our fantastic dental care range including a great selection of pet specific mouthwashes and oral hygiene gels.
a) Yes. What you feed your pet can play an important role in helping support good dental health. The larger sized kibbles within dental specific food are, in some cases, designed to engulf the tooth before it splits. This provides a gentle scraping action that can help to reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar. You can view our range of dental diets here.
c) Bacteria. It’s a common myth that dogs and cats naturally have bad breath. Can you imagine what our mouths would be like if we never brushed our teeth? Now, imagine what our mouths would be like if we ate mainly meat and offal and never cleaned our teeth! It’s similar for our pets. Our selection of toothbrushes and toothpaste will get your pet’s smile looking like a million dollars! Click here to shop the range.
d) 42. That’s right, dogs have 10 more teeth than us humans. Like us dogs are born with baby teeth, in their case 28. These are usually replaced with a full set of adult teeth by the age of 6 months. In contrast cats have far fewer teeth than dogs, adult cats possessing 30 while kittens are born with just 26. Dental snacks and chews are designed in such a way as to help clean your pet’s teeth. To shop our dental snack range click here.
a) 80%. According to studies it is estimated up to 80% of dogs over the age of 3 have some form of periodontal disease. Good oral hygiene is more than just fresh breath, tackling the build-up of food and plaque is key to fighting bacteria. If left untreated this bacteria can in some cases enter the bloodstream and potentially damage internal organs. Chew toys are designed to help reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar. Click here to view our range of chew toys.