3 Steps to Better Dental Health for Your Pet

Some of these products are sprayed into your pet's mouth, while others are added to his water. When combined with veterinary-recommended chews, you’re up to a one-two punch against dental disease without any real effort on your part.

Brushing Is Still Best

Yes, it’s time to talk about brushing. I actually am one of those veterinarians who walks the talk: Our pets get their teeth brushed regularly. And you know what? They love it! That’s because we don’t approach it like a chore, but rather as an opportunity for some one-on-one attention. We use a pet toothbrush, but you can also try a baby toothbrush, a finger brush or even gauze around your finger. Just be sure you’re using a toothpaste made for pets, because the kind humans use isn’t meant to be swallowed, and pets can’t spit.

Daily brushing is ideal, but if you can only manage a couple of times a week, you’ll still be doing very well by your pet. When you add brushing to chews, chew toys and medicated rinses … well, your pet’s teeth and gums will be in great shape for life. And on the bright side, at least you don’t have to floss!

There you have it: good, better and best. Start with a dental exam and your home care will be easy. And remember that anything you do to keep your pet's teeth healthy can potentially help him have a better, longer life.


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