Overview – Why is Pet Plaque Remover Necessary?
Plaque and tartar build-up in gums, teeth and tooth sockets is the leading cause of dental problems in dogs and cats. Smaller dogs are more predisposed to tartar formation than larger breeds.
It’s essential to take action if your pet has bad breath, red (lightly bleeding) gums, yellowish plaque and/or a thick layer of tartar on their teeth. This is because without intervention these symptoms of gum disease can cause reluctance to eat and subdued behaviour, and also progress to more serious health conditions.
What is Dental Plaque?
Dental plaque is a sticky, off-white layer that forms on the surface of teeth soon after eating. It is created when the animal’s alkaline saliva reacts with food residues. The plaque deposits promote the growth of harmful bacteria, which can penetrate under the gums and cause inflammation and bleeding (gingivitis). This can lead to abscesses and periodontal disease.
If not removed, dental plaque reacts with mineral salts (calcium phosphate) in the saliva and hardens to create tartar. As this process starts within 24 hours of eating it is vital to remove the deposits with a pet plaque remover on a daily basis to prevent the formation of tartar.
What is Tartar?
Tartar is not just a cosmetic problem; it is a painful condition that gradually causes irreversible damage to the soft tissue and gums. It presents as a yellow-brown layer of discolouration. Over time, tartar increases inflammation beneath the gums until the teeth loosen. This exposes the sensitive roots and often leads to the loss of the affected tooth or teeth. Worse still, if untreated, the infection can spread to the rest of the body and cause heart, liver and kidney problems.
Although tartar can be successfully removed by ultrasonic descaling, this is usually only a temporary measure. It can be quite expensive and usually needs to be repeated on a regular basis. This is because a fine layer of plaque is re-deposited back on the teeth straight after the first meal. Without regular removal the plaque soon turns to tartar and the whole process starts again.
The Provilan Solution to Pet Plaque Removal and Tartar Removal
Luca, a 4 year old Italian Greyhound dog had bad breath, extensive tartar formation and sore, inflamed gums (and a great name!). He had not had a procedure to remove the tartar by ultrasound.
Firstly, the teeth were gently cleaned once a day using a toothbrush designed for dogs (no toothpaste). The teeth were cleaned from the back towards the front, both the upper and lower row. (If your dog does not like brushing, use gauze wrapped around your finger or a small clean cloth or handkerchief).
Secondly, LUCAA+ Probiotic Pet Dental Spray was applied 1 – 2 times a day, for 3 weeks. The spray was sprayed directly onto the teeth or applied using a toothbrush designed for the dog. (Use a pipette if your dog prefers).
LUCAA+ Probiotic Pet Dental Spray contains healthy bacteria that clean teeth and gums at a microbial level and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria:
- Improves oral hygiene entirely.
- Optimises microbial balance.
- Reduces the risk of gum inflammation.
- Vegan, plant-based and chemical-free.
- Cleans teeth, tooth sockets and gums.
- Helps reduce the need for costly dental cleaning.
- Eco-friendly and sustainable.
Pet Plaque Remover in Action!
The teeth had a pronounced yellow coating in several places and tartar was observed on a large scale. The gums were inflamed and the mouth had a pronounced, unpleasant smell.
After One Week:
The inflammation around the gums is significantly reduced. The yellow coating is beginning to reduce and the bad breath is significantly improved.
After Two Weeks:
The coating from the surface of the teeth has almost completely gone. The gums are free of inflammation, and the bad breath smell from the mouth has disappeared. Parts of the hardened tartar begins to peel off.
After Three Weeks:
The smell from the mouth, the redness of the gums and the yellow coating from the surface of the teeth have completely disappeared. The tartar has almost completely been removed. There is no need to remove the tartar using a procedure such as ultrasound.
LUCAA+ Probiotic Pet Dental Spray is a natural pet plaque remover that helps to improve most of the problems occurring in your pet’s oral cavity. It reduces plaque, tartar, inflammation and bad breath, as well as the risk of periodontal disease.
You can read more here: LUCAA+ Probiotic Pet Dental Spray. The spray is suitable for dogs, cats and other pets with similar dental problems.
Credit: Thank you to Probiotic Group’s Provilan distributor in Slovakia for sharing this case study with us.