We know that our patients aren’t only concerned for their own oral health – they also worry about the health of their pets. Many of our team at Edgewater Dental Arts are pet owners, and we consider our pets part of our family!
Just like your human teeth, a good preventive care routine can help you manage or even eliminate many common dental conditions that your pets may suffer from. Here are some products that will help maintain your pet’s dental health.
- Pet Toothpaste
- Pet Toothbrush
- Dental Chews
Hopefully you know that conventional toothpaste and even baking soda is harmful for your pet’s health. Fluoride is toxic to dogs and cats when swallowed. Furthermore, our pets don’t spit like us, so they require a no-rinse toothpaste. So when you brush your pet’s teeth, be sure you’re using a toothpaste that was specially formulated for them. Many veterinarians recommend an enzymatic toothpaste. Often, pet toothpastes come in flavors like bacon, beef, or chicken. These toothpaste flavors are not exactly appetizing to us humans, but your pets will love the taste.
Use a specially designed pet toothbrush with soft bristles that fits your pet’s mouth. You can also use a small child’s toothbrush, a finger toothbrush, a cotton swab, or even a piece of gauze wrapped around your finger to brush your pet’s teeth. Ideally, brush your pet’s teeth every day for optimal dental health, but aim for at least twice a week. Remember to reward your pet with treats and affection to make the process more enjoyable for the both of you!
There are a variety of different dental chews on the market geared toward helping maintain the oral health of your pets. Check out your local pet store, warehouse club, or grocery store to see the options. Try to select one that has been clinically proven to reduce plaque and tartar. These chews are a great way to entertain your pets while also helping clean their teeth and freshen their breath.
Do you and your family have a go-to product you use to ensure that your furry friends have healthy teeth? Let us know about it!
Remember that your pet should receive regular checkups and professional cleanings from a veterinarian. Contact us to schedule your own cleaning or to ask our team questions about caring for your teeth.