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Tips for Keeping Your Pets' Teeth Clean and Healthy

March 10, 2010 -

At-home care may include several different methods and not one method is always better than another. What works for one pet and Pet Parent certainly may not be the best choice for another pet depending on the pet’s behavior and disposition. Options may include:
  • Regular toothbrushing – For pets that are willing to have you brush their teeth, this is a very effective tool for preventing the buildup of plaque. There are specially designed brushes for pets and toothpaste that is pet flavored to help with this process. It is important to mention that you should not use human toothpaste. An ideal schedule would be to brush your pet’s teeth daily but again this may not work for all Pet Parents and every other day to at least once weekly is better than nothing at all.
  • Treats, chews and toys – There are many treats on the market today that are designed to help improve dental health as your pet’s chew. These may be options for pets that do not like to have their teeth brushed. 
  • Food – There are specially designed foods that target dental health which may be an option for you and your pet. It is always best to discuss diet changes with your veterinarian to make sure you are picking the best option for your pet.
  • Breath sprays and mints – Lastly, there are breath sprays and mints that are designed for pets to help control oral odor. 
Here is to fresh breath, a healthy pet, and a good nights sleep!

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