5 Pet Dental Health Myths Debunked

4. A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human mouth.

Legends about the healing powers of a dog’s lick notwithstanding, this myth is just not true. “The fact of the matter is, dogs and humans all have bacteria in their mouths,” Dr. LeVan says. “Dogs have a different population of bacteria, but that doesn’t make their mouths cleaner.” Some dogs love to lick their people, but avoid letting your dog lick open sores or cuts on your body — and if a dog bites you, clean the wound thoroughly with soap and water.

5. Nothing can be done to prevent pet dental disease.

The good news is that this myth is untrue as well. The most cost-effective thing you as a pet owner can do to help prevent or slow the progression of periodontal disease is to brush your pet’s teeth daily to help remove plaque and prevent tartar buildup. “It is the gold standard for preventive care,” Dr. LeVan says.

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