Just because National Pet Dental Health Month only comes around once a year, don’t think you’re off the hook for the other 11 months. Caring for your pet’s chompers should be done regularly.

Just like humans, your pet needs regular dental attention to keep healthy.

Improper oral hygiene in dogs and cats can lead to a slew of health issues, including gum disease, painful and swollen gums, and even tooth loss.

To prevent serious dental disease, it is recommended to brush your pet’s teeth at home once per week, and visit your vet for a professional cleaning once a year. 

Keeping your pet’s mouth healthy is not a luxury, it’s a necessity, and it’s actually easier than you think. While your vet can help with thorough dental check-ups and treatments, there are things you can do, too.

Brush your dog’s teeth at home. Regular and consistent brushing will help keep harmful bacteria from building up on teeth and gums.

Keep a proper diet. Dry food is generally better for your pet’s dental health than soft food, as the crunchy kibble scrapes away tartar as they eat.

Offer dental treats and toys. There are many treats and toys available to keep your pet’s teeth and gums cleaner.

Schedule regular cleanings. Just like you should routinely visit the dentist, regular examinations and cleanings with your vet are imperative for proper dental health for your dog or cat.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends at Premier Pet Supply for all your pet-related questions!