Pets are part of the family, and it’s important to keep everyone in your family healthy! While you may wonder how your dog or cat would be able to brush their teeth in the wild, it’s important to understand that their diets and lifestyles are quite different than those of their wild ancestors. For domesticated animals, brushing their teeth should be a part of their routine.
Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth
Your dog already knows how to break up plaque and food particles by chewing on bones, but that isn’t all it needs to maintain its oral health. Brushing your dog’s teeth at least three times per week can prevent painful tooth decay and tooth loss. First, make sure that your dog is comfortable with you touching its gums and teeth by gently opening its mouth and touching its gums during your regular grooming sessions. Slowly work your way up to letting them get used to the feel of having a dog-friendly toothbrush in its mouth. You can then incorporate a dog-friendly toothpaste over time. Be careful because human toothpaste has ingredients that are toxic for dogs and cats!
How to Brush Your Cat’s Teeth
Getting your cat used to a cat-friendly toothbrush and cat-friendly toothpaste is similar to getting your dog used to a toothbrush. It is important to make sure that the dental products that you use on your cat is made for cats for their safety and comfort.
It takes time and patience to brush your pet’s teeth, but know that you are doing your best to keep your furry friend happy and healthy by preventing tooth decay gum disease. Your veterinarian will conduct a thorough dental exam and suggest a professional dental cleaning if your pet needs it, but maintaining your pet’s oral health at home is the best way to prevent any issues.
Remember to take care of your teeth, too! At Laulani Dental Care, we take your health and comfort seriously and can create a custom dental plan for you. Schedule an appointment with us to see the difference!