Keeping your pet’s mouth healthy is one of the two most important things that you can do to improve your pet’s overall quality of life and actually help them live longer. A dirty or smelly mouth is actually one that is infected with large numbers of bacteria that live under the gums. Regular brushing using pet-specific toothbrushes and pastes is the best way to maintain a healthy mouth. Studies at UC Davis have shown that brushing every day is important, as brushing 2 times a week is no more effective at reducing tartar than not brushing at all.
For those pets that won’t tolerate brushing, there are several other methods to help keep your pet’s mouth healthier. The Veterinary Oral Health Care website (www.vohc.org) lists many products that will help keep your pet’s mouth as healthy as it can be. We will be happy to discuss the pros and cons of the various products and methods listed there.