Dental health is just as important for dogs and cats as it is for people. Routine dental care allows your dog or cat’s teeth to be professionally cleaned, which reduces the risk of issues like periodontal disease. If your dog/cat needs a dental care visit, please contact us at 416-928-6761.
Can I use regular toothpaste to brush my cat or dog’s teeth?
The tools you use to care for your dog or cat’s teeth are equally as important as your homecare strategies. Pet toothpaste and toothbrushes are formulated specifically for their oral health needs so you shouldn’t be using human products with them. You could also consider incorporating chew toys or foods that promote good dental health in their daily routines.
Why doesn’t brushing remove all bacteria in the mouth?
Brushing your dog or cat’s teeth regularly isn’t enough to remove bacteria and buildup that is below the gum line. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to the deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and expensive oral surgery. Bacteria can also cause serious, potentially fatal infections in your pet’s kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart.
Is bad breath normal?
Unless your pet just ate something fishy, stinky breath isn’t normal. Having our veterinary team evaluate your dog/cat’s teeth regularly and clean them as needed will help prevent dental disease and any related problems. Bad breath is just one of the many signs that your dog or cat could have a dental health issue, including:
- Broken teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Difficulty chewing
- Excessive drooling
- Loose teeth