Home > Lifestyle > How to have healthy pets > Your pet's health Updated 03 October 2013 Brush up and save - September is Hill’s Pet Dental Month According to the experts, an oral care routine should be a daily regimen for owners serious about keeping their pet in peak condition. 0 Related Brush up on your pet’s oral health Toothy problems for pets Brush up on good health Subscribe to receive health tips daily » Like Health24 on Facebook » Ask CyberVet » Leopard filmed licking a baby impala Mutts entered into the US 2015 World's Ugliest Dog According to the experts, an oral care routine should be a daily regimen for owners serious about keeping their pet in peak condition. Dental disease, one of the most common health problems diagnosed in adult dogs and cats, is not only painful but also potentially life-threatening. “Oral disease causes bleeding gums, discoloured teeth, smelly breath, dental decay, tooth loss and discomfort,” says Dr Guy Fyvie, veterinary advisor for Hill’s Pet Nutrition. “The bacteria present can also affect the pet’s heart, liver and kidneys - a price you don’t want your much-loved pet to pay.”Dr Fyvie says that prevention is always better than cure. Here are a few simple steps to help keep your pet’s breath fresh and its mouth healthy:· An annual wellness appointment with the vet that includes a mouth examination· Only using tooth-friendly toys· Daily brushing of your pet’s teeth to prevent the build-up of plaque – special pet toothpastes are available from vets· Feeding a food clinically proven to help clean the pet’s teeth (such as Hill’s Science Plan Oral Care and Hill’s Prescription Diet® t/d, the only complete foods in South Africa that have been awarded the Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Acceptance for stain, plaque and gingivitis control)· Never feeding hooves or bones – one of the biggest cause of teeth fracturesAlthough some breeds are at a higher risk of dental disease every pet with teeth should have an oral care routine. For expert advice speak to your pet’s dentist – the vet!-Issued by Paula Wilson Media Consulting for Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Short Press Release NEXT ON HEALTH24X A swimming cap is all that stands between South Africa and the sea 8 minutes ago Partner content More: How to have healthy petsYour pet's health advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors How to care for your vaginal flora Live healthier Hello? » SEE: Interesting facts about hearing loss Earworms: Let it go Is it bad to sleep with earplugs all the time? SEE: Do women hear better than men? The reason why men often appear not to be listening could be because they actually can't hear you. Confident smile? » Acidic drinks can harm your kids' smiles The facts on bleaching your teeth Am I taking good care of my teeth? Why are my teeth stained? We know the rules – brush your teeth twice a day and floss to keep them healthy. But, have you ever wondered what causes those stains that sometimes appear?