21 Mar Brush Your Pet’s Teeth!
Just like us, our pets can develop gum disease and tooth decay if their teeth are neglected. Brushing your pet’s teeth on a regular basis will help avoid dental issues for them and a costly veterinary bill in the future. Daily brushing is ideal, but even weekly brushing makes a difference!
We recommend starting a brushing routine slowly. Get them used to the sensation by first rubbing their lips slowly and gently with your finger for about 30 seconds twice daily for a few days, then slowly transition the routine to their gums, then their teeth.
Once they are comfortable with your finger in their mouth, start introducing them to the taste of pet-safe toothpaste. Human toothpaste is toxic to pets – be sure to purchase toothpaste specifically formulated for pets at your local pet store. A paste of baking soda and water works well too but might not be as appealing to your pet as the meat-flavored varieties.
The next step is to begin using a pet toothbrush. There are brushes that can slip over your finger if that is more comfortable for your pet. The most important area to brush is where the teeth meet the gums.
If you notice signs of dental disease such as bad breath, loose teeth, lumps, blisters, or red and swollen gums, make an appointment with your veterinarian for a dental exam.