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Should You Brush Your Pet’s Teeth?

As humble practitioners of dentistry and animal lovers, we see a lot of pets with dental problems. And it’s not just old dogs and cats who are affected. Even young pets can develop gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental problems.

That’s why I’m here to tell you: You definitely can brush your pet’s teeth!

I know, I know. It sounds like a lot of work. But it’s really not that bad. And it’s worth it to keep your pet healthy and happy.

Top Reasons to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

According to VCA Animal Hospitals, most dogs over the age of three have a form of periodontal disease.

Brushing your dog or cat’s teeth a few times a week minimum is good:
  • To prevent dental disease. Dental disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in pets. It’s caused by plaque, a sticky film that builds up on teeth. If plaque is not removed, it hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a professional. Dental disease can also lead to gum disease, which can be painful and even lead to infection.
  • To improve your pet’s breath. Bad breath is a sign of dental disease. By brushing your pet’s teeth, you can help to keep their breath fresh and clean.
  • To improve your pet’s overall health. Dental disease has been linked to a number of other health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease, and liver disease. By brushing your pet’s teeth, you can help to reduce their risk of developing these diseases.

brushing your dog's teethSo, how do you brush your pet’s teeth?

Here are a few tips:

  • Start when your pet is young. It’s easier to get your pet used to having their teeth brushed when they’re young. But it’s still going to be a little awkward for them.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and pet-friendly toothpaste.
  • Brush your pet’s teeth on occasion. Everyday is probably not necessary.
  • Be gentle. Don’t force your pet to open their mouth if they’re not comfortable.
  • Reward your pet with a treat after you’re finished brushing their teeth.

Brushing your pet’s teeth may seem like a lot of work, but it’s a small price to pay for their health and happiness. So, what are you waiting for? Start brushing your pet’s teeth today!

Here are some additional tips for brushing dogs’ and cats’ teeth:

  • If your pet doesn’t like having their teeth brushed, try using a finger toothbrush. These are small, rubber brushes that you can wear on your finger.
  • You can also try using a water flosser. These devices use a stream of water to remove plaque and food particles from between your pet’s teeth.
  • If you have any questions about brushing your pet’s teeth, be sure to ask your veterinarian.

Sure, here is a funny blog from the viewpoint of a dentist giving advice to pet owners for how to care for their dogs and cats and pets oral hygiene:

Why is pet oral hygiene important?

Just like humans, pets can develop dental problems such as plaque, tartar, and gum disease. These problems can cause pain, bad breath, and even tooth loss. In some cases, they can even lead to more serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease.

How can I keep my pet’s teeth healthy?

The best way to keep your pet’s teeth healthy is to brush them regularly. You should start brushing your pet’s teeth when they are young so they get used to it. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and pet-friendly toothpaste. Brush for two minutes, twice a day.

how do you brush a dog's teethWhat if my pet doesn’t like having their teeth brushed?

If your pet doesn’t like having their teeth brushed, there are a few things you can do. First, try using a different toothbrush or natural toothpaste. You can also try brushing your pet’s teeth while they are eating or playing. If your pet is still resistant, you can ask your veterinarian for help. Don’t worry about the toothpaste that much. Baking soda and warm water can work wonders.

What else can I do to keep my pet’s teeth healthy?

In addition to brushing your pet’s teeth, there are a few other things you can do to keep their oral health in good shape. Feed your pet a healthy diet that is low in carbohydrates. Avoid giving your pet junk food that’s high in sugar, as this can contribute to plaque buildup. And make sure to take your pet to the veterinarian for regular dental checkups.

By following these tips, you can help keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy for years to come. And your dog will appreciate you not having to chew their food for them in their old age.

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