Questions & Answers - Dental Health and Oral Care

A: Dental disease in dogs and cats is the same as it is in people, however the primary difference is that animals cannot take care of their own teeth.  Dental disease (gum disease) is an infection from plaque buildup, which will spread and form underneath the gums.  Then supportive tissue and bones for the teeth are broken down and the teeth separate from the gums.  Pockets form between the teeth and the gums and are infected with additional bacteria.  At this time it is common for the owner to begin to notice bad breath, redness and bleeding of the gums.

A: Dental disease is very common and the incidence and severity increases as the pet ages.

A: Prevention is the best protection. Routine daily dental care is important in reducing plaque biofilm build up that accumulates every time your pet eats.

A: The toxins from the bacteria are absorbed in the blood stream.  As the kidneys, liver, and brain filter the blood, small infections may occur which could cause permanent or fatal organ damage.

A: It’s NEVER too late to begin dental care.  For the best results, it’s recommended to visit a veterinarian first to have any hard tartar removed. Oratene® Oral Care is safe for any age of dog, cat, puppy or kitten.

A: Oratene® Oral Care works without brushing and contains two complete enzyme systems to provide truly brushless oral care that is antibacterial and antifungal.  It works to eliminate odor-causing bacteria as well as making plaque biofilm water soluble and unable to bind to the tooth.

A: NO. Oratene® works without alcohol so there is no sting or drying side effects or concern of alcohol ingestion.

A: Xylitol is very toxic to dogs.

A: No. The LP3 Enzyme System is effective without chlorhexidine and therefore won't stain teeth after an extended use of time. Oratene® Oral Care is bacteriostatic vs bactericidal and therefore promotes healthy oral flora while eliminating unhealthy bacteria and fungi.

A: A benefit of all the Oratene® Oral Care products is they contain bio-active enzymes that boost and restore saliva's natural balance and eliminates odor causing bacteria. A pet's bad breath can be as a result of several things and it is important to visit your veterinarian for a dental examination and teeth cleaning. 

A: Over time the products will remove existing plaque. A veterinarian must remove the hardened calculus, known as tartar.

A: No. Use of Oratene® products is superior oral care for dogs and cats but does not replace professional cleaning.

A: Twice a day apply a 1/2" strip to your index finger and rub onto the upper gums, repeat this same procedure to the lower gums. This is a brushless toothpaste, which means the pet's own saliva distributes the product to all parts of the mouth.

A: Yes you do. Most dental diets or dental chews on the market can scrape calculus (tartar) from the teeth and some plaque around the gum line to varying degrees, but they unable to remove the plaque present in between teeth or under the gum line where inflammation occurs. Oratene® Oral Care helps prevent biofilm adhesion and significantly reduces plaque and tartar formation from forming above and below the gum line.

A: Oratene® Oral Care is based on 35+ years of enzyme research and features the dual enzyme systems, LP3 and MD2. This patented formulation was formerly known as Bioténe Veterinarian Brushless Oral Care. The chemistry of this line was borne of a similar branded name, Bioténe®*, the leading product for the management of a condition called Xerostomia (Dry Mouth) in humans and adapted for use in pets.

A: Yes, however the filter MUST be taken out or it will remove the active compounds and it will plug up the filter.

A: Don't panic. Some dogs and cats might notice a slight change in the flavor of the drinking water and it may take a few days to get used to it. Do a greater dilution if this is the case, add more water or less additive for about the first week and integrate it more slowly. You NEVER want your pet to stop drinking water, if you notice a decrease in your pet's drinking habits even with adding a smaller amount of the additive, please postpone use of the product and call our customer service number.

A: Oratene® Oral Care is safe to use on puppies and kittens. The products do not contain xylitol, alcohol, chlorhexidine, or chlorine compounds. Studies have shown that dental disease begins as early has 6 months in dogs and cats. The earlier you begin dental care the better.

A: For best results, we recommend using the oral care products on a daily basis. The enzymes work on contact, so the more often they are in the mouth, the better.

A: The most important thing to remember is daily oral care, regardless of brushing or using a brushless system, will enhance the health of any pet. The LP3 Enzyme system has many benefits to using and some pet owners have found the Oratene® Toothpaste Gel can be applied with a finger or a toothbrush.

A: We suggest two pumps to every 32 oz. (4 cups) of fresh water.

A: The water additive is a flavorless concentrate that dilutes well in fresh water. The enzymes come in contact with the mouth with every lap of water.

A: For optimal results, we recommend using all three products: the water additive, the toothpaste gel and the breath freshener but the choice is up to the pet owner to use one, two or all three. All three products feature the same dual enzyme systems. All three are truly brushless. If convenience is a key factor or your pet doesn't like to have his/her mouth touched, we recommend the water additive. If you have a program that works for you and your pet is still suffering from halitosis, try using the breath freshener. If placing your finger into your pet's mouth is easy, then the gel can be used and will provide maximum enzyme contact.

A: Yes, Oratene® Oral Care is safe and for the diabetic pet and beneficial. One of the side effects of diabetes is damage to blood vessels that supply the mouth and jaw which can in turn affect the salivary glands. The dual enzyme systems in Oratene® Oral Care work to restore oral flora while eliminating bacteria and fungi such as yeast.

A: No, they should be stored at room temperature.

A: The expiration is on every product. Keep the lid tightly on the container/tub and out of direct sunlight.

A: The additive should be added to fresh drinking water daily.

A: For the best results, its best to meet with your veterinarian for an exam of your pet's mouth and determine if cleaning is warranted. Beginning with a cleaning first and then starting your pet on the products will help to better prevent plaque biofilm formation. Remember, the longer your pet is on Oratene® Oral Care, the better the results. Plaque accumulates daily, so daily use is required to maintain on overall healthy mouth and pet.

A: There are no known drug interactions. However, this does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. ALWAYS consult with your vet.

*Biotene is the registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline.

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