Top 5 Dental Care Tips to Keep Your Pet Healthy:
1. Regular Brushing
Brushing your pet’s teeth daily, or at least three times a week, will keep the mouth healthy and clean. Fluoride is toxic to pets so never use human toothpaste to brush your pet’s teeth. The detergents in human toothpaste are also irritating and will likely cause vomiting, as your pet is unable to spit the toothpaste residue into the sink.
2. Annual Dental Exams
Have your veterinarian check your pet’s teeth at least once a year. Most of the tooth lies below the gum line so x-rays may be needed to check for periodontal disease.
3. Dental Diets
For pets who refuse to cooperate with having their teeth cleaned, some excellent dental diets are available that really do work. Most kibble turns to mush when chewed. However, dental kibble retains its crunchiness and acts as a gentle abrasive to clean all exposed parts of the teeth. They are a terrific alternative to daily brushing.
4. Toothbrush Training
Ideally, the best time to get your pets used to brushing is when they are very young. Using an infant’s toothbrush, gently brush the outside of their teeth with just warm water daily, followed by a reward. When they are adults and really need the brushing, they will be far more willing.
5. Give Dental Treats and Chews
Your pet can help clean its own teeth just by enjoying a tasty snack! The special texture of dental treats, toys, and chews will help remove plaque and tartar as your pet chews.
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