It may seem weird to pick up a toothbrush and bring your cat or dog over for some dental care time, but it’s all part of being a responsible pet owner. Their teeth and gums aren’t invincible, so you have to make sure you’re doing what you can to keep them healthy and helping your beloved pet avoid dental problems down the road.
Why Pet Dental Care Is Important
Sometimes it may seem like we’re completely different from our pet pals, but one thing that definitely connects us is the fact of the possibility of dental problems. Just like humans, dogs and cats can develop plaque, bad breath, tooth discoloration, gum disease, toothaches, and abscesses. And just like with humans, those problems can be avoided with proper attention and care. You don’t want your pet to be suffering in pain or to develop a more serious health concern, so make sure you look after their oral health!
How to Maintain Your Pet’s Oral Hygiene
When it comes to brushing your pet’s teeth, you may want to start off easy with a cloth to help them get used to the practice. Then, when you’re ready to move to an actual toothbrush, you may want to look into purchasing a double-headed toothbrush, which is specifically designed to give your pet’s teeth a more thorough clean. Once they’re comfortable with a toothbrush being used, then you can introduce toothpaste.
Please don’t forget that human toothpaste can be toxic for cats and dogs! Make sure to find a pet-appropriate toothpaste instead.
If you really can’t seem to get in the swing of brushing your pet’s teeth, consult your local veterinarian to see what strategies they recommend. They can also advise you about specific foods and toys that are designed to improve pet dental health.
Ready to go with your pet’s dental care but have some questions about your own? Contact Atlantic Dental Partners, and our team can help you out!