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Healthy Dental Habits to Start in National Pet Dental Health Month

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. This holiday was created by the American Veterinary Medical Association to raise awareness about the importance of dentistry and oral health care for pets. The health of your pet’s teeth and gums can have a significant impact on their overall health and happiness. Pets are at risk of dental and oral health problems like tooth decay, tooth loss, gum disease, and infection. Caring for your pet’s teeth will lengthen his lifespan and reduce his risk of disease and infection. Here is some great advice for improving your pet’s oral health. 

Weekly Tooth Brushing

Even though it’s a chore, brushing your pet’s teeth at least once per week can significantly reduce his risk of dental and oral health issues. You can ask your veterinarian to recommend the most effective tools and methods for your pet. Typically, you can use a baby toothbrush or finger brush for small dogs and cats, and a human toothbrush for larger dogs. However, you can also find pet specific toothbrushes at your local pet store. You should only use toothpaste that is specifically formulated for the type of pet you have. 

Maintaining a Healthy Diet

Your pet’s diet plays a huge role in his dental and oral health. Your veterinarian can recommend the best type and brand of pet food for your pet to reduce their risk of dental problems and oral disease. You can also use dental treats and chews to reduce the buildup of tartar and plaque in your pet’s mouth. Some dental treats even create a protective barrier on pets’ teeth that repels the accumulation of plaque and tartar.

Regular Veterinary Visits

Regular visits to the veterinarian can also maintain your pet’s oral and dental health. Your pet should have a dental exam and checkup every year, along with their general physical exam. Your veterinarian can uncover early warning signs of oral and dental issues, so they can be treated before they get worse. You should also schedule a professional dental cleaning every one to three years, depending on the advice of your veterinarian.

Schedule a visit with your veterinarian today to discuss your pet’s oral and dental health and what steps you can take to protect your pet.