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brushing your pet's teeth

Brushing your pet’s teeth may seem like a daunting, and perhaps unnecessary, challenge. However, with consistency and practice, it can be quite easy and take only 2-3 minutes to complete. It is also gratifying to know that this practice helps to maintain a healthy oral cavity, which contributes to an overall healthy pet. We have to ask what our mouths would look like if we went days, weeks or months without brushing. Our pets are no different. 


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Often the oral health of our pets goes undetected because they rarely show obvious signs of illness or oral pain. And periodontal disease is the most common health problem affecting dogs and cats today. They continue to eat and act normally while their periodontal disease progresses. By the time our pets reach the age of 2 years, most have some form of periodontal disease with a prevalence as high as 70 percent in cats and 80 percent in dogs. 

How to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

Toothbrushing is considered the ‘gold standard’ in oral home care. Studies have shown that the simple mechanical action of brushing the teeth is the most effective way to remove plaque, with or without toothpaste. When teeth first erupt, they are clean and in perfect condition. However, the natural process of eating and drinking causes plaque to accumulate, forming a substance called calculus. 


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Tooth brushing for pets . . . it may sound silly to pet owners, but daily tooth brushing is important to maintain a pet’s good oral health. Can you imagine what our human mouths would look like without regular oral home care and professional cleanings? It should not be a surprise then, that our pets will develop periodontal disease (gum disease) if they are not receiving routine oral home care and regular professional cleanings.

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