Should I Brush My Pet’s Teeth?

You wouldn’t just chew gum as a way to maintain your oral health, right? That’s what it’s like when you just give your pet bones or dental chews to chew on without brushing their teeth. While it may seem strange to brush your pet’s teeth, it’s a necessary way to keep them clean and keep your pet in good health.

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How to Brush Your Dog or Cat’s Teeth

Human toothpaste is toxic for your pet, but there are plenty of safe toothpastes for dogs and cats available, as well as toothbrushes specially made for your pet’s mouth. You don’t have to start brushing your pet’s teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste right away. Start by massaging their gums and rewarding them for letting you before you introduce the toothpaste.

Once your pet seems okay with letting you touch their teeth and gums, use small amounts of toothpaste and rub your pet’s teeth with your finger to get them used to the flavor. If your pet isn’t a fan of mint, there are meat-flavored toothpastes that your pet will surely enjoy!

Finally, when your pet is used to toothpaste, you can introduce the toothbrush. Brush your pet’s teeth using small circles as you would your own teeth.

How Often Should You Brush Your Pet’s Teeth?

It’s ideal to brush your pet’s teeth once per day; however, a few times a week works just as well. Pets don’t eat sugar and carbohydrate-rich foods like humans do, so they don’t experience as much plaque and tartar buildup daily.

How to Keep Your Pet’s Teeth Healthy

Like with humans, diet plays a huge role in your pet’s oral health. A grain-free diet without any preservatives or processed ingredients will keep your pet’s teeth healthy. Giving them plenty of water and chew toys will also keep plaque buildup at bay. Make sure to ask your vet to check your pet’s teeth during their checkups as well.

Don’t forget to schedule your own cleanings twice a year to maintain your own healthy smile. At Springs Village Dentistry, we offer a range of dental services and use the latest technologies to keep you comfortable and happy during your appointment. Contact us today!

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