Pet Dental Care FAQs

It may come as a surprise how important pet dental care is. Neglecting your pet's dental health can cause a number of life-threatening conditions and illnesses if left unchecked and untreated. Do you brush your pet's teeth? You should — and Cordova Station Animal Hospital in Cordova, TN, wants to show you how! Use the following tips to keep your pet's teeth healthy and prevent related medical issues that could send you to the veterinarian, or worse, to an animal hospital for an emergency visit.


Pet Dental Care 

The best way to prevent tooth loss and avoid the unnecessary pain and discomfort of tooth decay is through regular pet dental care, and this includes brushing. Pet owners have so many questions related to their pet's teeth. Following are some of the most common.

Why do you brush a pet’s teeth?

The reason why you brush a pet’s teeth is to curb the build-up of tartar and plaque, which can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. This also provides you with the ideal opportunity to examine your pet's teeth for signs of a problem, like a broken tooth. Plus, diseased and infected teeth can transmit the infection to other organs of the body through the bloodstream.

How often should you brush your pet’s teeth?

You should aim to brush your pet's teeth every day. Many vets suggest twice daily, but once a day is effective at preventing periodontal disease among dogs. Can't brush every day? The minimum recommended brushing for pets is three times per week and is considered imperative in preventing tooth decay.

Should you use toothpaste when brushing a pet’s teeth?

Never use human toothpaste or any products containing fluoride on a pet. Use pet-friendly toothpaste sold at pet retailers. Using human toothpaste can be toxic and cause kidney failure in some pets.

How do you properly brush a pet’s teeth?

It makes sense to choose a quiet place and time to brush your pet's teeth to help them remain calm and cooperative. Hold them securely, but not forcefully, and gently brush their teeth in small circles. You may also use a soft cloth and your finger to help clean their teeth. Talk to your veterinarian for more tips.

Is there a natural way to clean your pet's teeth?

Raw bones and hard treats, like carrots, can help get rid of plaque and tartar naturally.

Does brushing your pet's teeth hurt them?

Be gentle and careful not to put too much pressure on your pet's teeth when brushing, and it should not hurt or harm them.

Schedule a Wellness Exam Today With Our Veterinarian! 

Use these tips to maintain and take care of your pet's teeth and hopefully avoid the pain and hassle of tooth decay and periodontal disease. It also helps to have regular wellness visits with your veterinarian at Cordova Station Animal Hospital in Cordova, TN. Call (901) 753-3539 to schedule your appointment today!