Brushing your pet’s teeth may seem like a daunting and unnecessary task. However, it may also be one of the most important steps you are skipping in their preventative care. Just like humans, cats and dogs develop plaque on their teeth that hardens into tartar if not brushed away. This tartar causes gingivitis and traps bacteria into the gums. That bacteria can then enter the bloodstream where it can cause heart disease, kidney disease and other serious complications.
If introduced early in life, many pets will allow you to brush their teeth. It is recommended that you brush your pet’s teeth daily, but even 2-3 times a week can make a big difference! Be sure to use a veterinary approved toothpaste, as many human products can be unsafe for your pet. In addition to brushing, chews and water additives can aide in your pet’s dental and overall health. A complete list of VOHC (like ADA for pets) accepted products can be found here. The VOHC seal helps ensure that you are using quality products proven to reduce plaque and tartar.
Using dental products will greatly improve your pet’s breath and oral health. However, regular dental cleanings are still recommended to remove tartar that can not be removed by brushing alone. This is no different than with us! Dental cleanings require anesthesia and can only be carried out by veterinary professionals. Groomers may offer oral cleaning, but this should not be confused with dental scaling and polishing. Most experts recommend annual veterinary dental cleanings, but this may vary based on your pet’s home oral health program, breed and genetics. Be sure your veterinarian evaluates your pet’s teeth at each exam and follow their recommendations for dental cleanings.
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Waycross, GA 31501
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