According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of oral disease.
Most pets have evidence of dental disease by two years of age, and many older pets have advanced periodontal disease-causing pain and loss of teeth.
How to brush your pet’s teeth:
- Start slow and gradual over several weeks or more.
- Start by letting them taste the toothpaste occasionally. (only use toothpaste design for your pets. People toothpaste will upset your pet’s stomach.)
- The most important place to focus on is the gumline, where food gets trapped, bacteria grows, and plaque forms.
- Spread some toothpaste on your finger and gently rub along the teeth and gumline. Start with the front teeth and then progress to the back, upper and lower teeth.
- Once your pet is comfortable with these steps, slowly introduce a finger brush and rub the teeth and gums in a circular motion. Start with the front, then move to the back, upper and lower teeth on each side.
- When this becomes tolerable and routine, try brushing with a pet toothbrush
- This entire toothbrushing session should only take a minute or two. Teeth brushing should always be positive and not stressful for you or your pet.
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