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Here's Why You Should Be Brushing Your Pets' Teeth

You brush your teeth to keep them healthy. Why shouldn't you do the same for your pet? After all, pets are part of the family. You love them. They deserve the same loving care and attention to their health.

Is it really necessary to clean the teeth of your dogs or cats? Yes, it is, and it is just as important to their health as it is to yours. Here's why you should make a habit of brushing your pet's teeth.

Pets Get Gum Diseases, Too

Gum diseases are not just something particular to humans. Dogs and cats can get them, too. In fact, it is a common problem in pets, because most owners do not bother to brush or clean their teeth. Eighty-five percent of all pets have gum disease by the time they are three years old. That is a sobering statistic.

Gum diseases are not only painful, they can also have a detrimental effect on your pets in other ways, such as:

  • Tooth loss
  • Pain when chewing
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Infections in other parts of their body
  • Elevated risk for heart disease and stroke
  • Aggravates diabetes symptoms
  • Loose teeth
  • Weight loss from pain during eating
  • Pets Can Get Cavities

Just like gum disease, cavities are not just for humans. When the teeth of pets go un-brushed or cleaned, plaque can build up and eat away at the tooth enamel. This can lead to tiny holes in the teeth called cavities, and they can be painful. Even when a cavity isn't painful, it can leave an opening for bacteria to get into the tooth, the gums, and even into the body, causing infections and poor health. A cavity can even lead to an abscess if it is untreated, and this is a condition that is quite painful and requires immediate veterinary intervention to treat and save the life of your pet. This is exactly what happens with humans, too.

Veterinary Dental Care is Expensive

If your pet develops dental problems, you will have to take them to the veterinarian for treatment. This can be an expensive prospect. You don't usually think of pets as needing fillings, crowns, root canals, or tooth extractions, but they do. If you think about how much those things cost for the human members of your family at your own dentist, even with insurance, you have a good idea of how much you will pay for the same thing for your pets at the veterinarian.

If you provide good oral health care for pets at your home by brushing their teeth on a regular basis, you are potentially saving yourself thousands of dollars in veterinary dental care down the road. Brushing or cleaning your pets' teeth is a preventive measure that not only preserves their health, it also saves you money.

Pets Who Get Their Teeth Brushed Generally Live Longer, Healthier, Happier Lives

When you keep your pets' teeth healthy by regularly brushing them, you are doing them a huge favor. You are giving them a solid foundation for future health, as they will be more likely to avoid the maladies and health problems that gum disease and cavities can cause. They will not have tooth pain that affects their enjoyment of eating (or ability to do so). They will probably keep all of their teeth, and therefore be able to continue to easily chew their favorite foods.

When you brush or clean your pets' teeth, you give them a healthy edge that many other pets do not receive. It takes very little time to brush or clean the teeth of a dog or cat, and the benefits are so worth it. Any pet parent who truly loves their pet should consider oral health important and make clean, healthy teeth a priority.

How Can You Teach Your Pets to Accept Teeth Brushing?

So, now you know the importance of brushing your pets' teeth and are committed to doing it. While brushing their teeth daily is ideal, two to three times a week should be enough for most pets to keep their teeth and gums healthy. But, what if your pet refuses to let you brush their teeth? This is not uncommon for pets who have never had their teeth brushed. They resist it. Don't give up. Any pet can be taught to accept getting their teeth brushed, and it is usually not too hard to teach them.

While you can and should take your pet to the veterinarian for an annual professional teeth cleaning (which is done under anesthesia, and is not cheap), just like you get your teeth cleaned at the dentist once or twice a year, you should not substitute this for regular brushing at home. The best way to teach pets to accept teeth brushing is to start them when they are small puppies or kittens. If it is something they grow up always having done, they won't find anything unacceptable about it. It may even be something they come to look forward to, as a special bonding time between the two of you.

If your pet is grown and you want to start brushing their teeth, you will have to be a little bit trickier. The best thing you can do is use Petsmile for pets that tastes like a treat. The taste of this toothpaste for pets will lure your dog or cat to you for teeth brushing. You may not even have to use a toothbrush, as many pets will lick the paste all around their teeth on their own.

Petsmile Professional Toothpaste for cats and dogs is just such a toothpaste. It's the first to be accepted by the Veterinary Oral Health Council for plaque inhibition. In a 3rd party clinical trial, Petsmile showed a 62% greater reduction in plaque versus and a 28% greater reduction in gingivitis than the control toothpaste.

Pets love the taste. Brushing is best, but you only need to get Petsmile onto their teeth and let their tongue do the rest!  It won't take many times of using it on them before they start to come to you when they hear you bring out the toothpaste tube. When pets enjoy getting their teeth brushed or cleaned, making it a habit becomes easy for both of you. Try Petsmile, and find out for yourself just how easy it is to get your pets to love their brand new oral health care routine.

1 comment

Aug 16, 2018 • Posted by Bonnie Stanczak

I have two dogs and have used Petsmile on their teeth for many years. I’m convinced that this toothpaste is absolutely the best there is as I had used others before knowing of this one. I live in several different places and so, throughout the years the dogs go to different vets. Without fail, I’m asked if I brush their teeth and receive favorable responses from the various vets on how good their teeth look. I try and promote this brand and the teeth brushing whenever I have a chance because of all the reasons you have listed and which I so believe in. Brushing and/or rubbing the toothpaste on their teeth either with my fingers or whatever works best for you really takes so little time each evening. Compared to the time it takes to bring your dog to the vet for treatment due to bad teeth, not to mention the pain a dog has to endure prior to knowing that they have a problem, a few minutes a day is a mere drop in the bucket. Please, just do it!!!

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