This is National Pet Dental Health Month. Dentistry is one of those areas where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – maybe more like a ton of cure! I ™m sure that almost everyone reading this article brushes their teeth twice daily, flosses at least every now and then, and still has their teeth cleaned at least once a year. Try to imagine what your smile would look like if you brushed your teeth only once a week or once a month for 5-6 years! If we would care for our pets ™ teeth the way we do our own, our pets would avoid much pain and discomfort, you would save money, and most œdog breath would go away! Our veterinary nursing team can teach you to brush your dog ™s or cat ™s teeth, and you should do it daily. We even have poultry and fish flavored toothpaste! Never use human toothpaste to brush your pet ™s teeth – our toothpaste is not meant to be swallowed! We also recommend cleaning your pet ™s teeth under anesthesia once a year – if you really brush every day, we may be able to do cleanings every 2 years.
by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP