It is always best to start with a visit to your veterinarian and a professional dental cleaning if needed. The photo at right is of a Greyhound I fostered - his "before" and "after" photos after a professional cleaning. What a difference.
Your veterinarian can show you the best way to brush your pet's teeth. Once that has been addressed, you can help by caring for your pet's teeth at home.
Caring for our pets' teeth has come a long way. It used to be just a toothbrush and some pet toothpaste. Now, a variety of brushes, wipes, spays, gels, treats and chew toys are available to keep your pet's breath fresh and teeth and gums healthy.
What Worked For You?
Daily brushing, just as for humans is best, but sometimes not practical. My pets have preferred some toothpaste flavors and brands over others. The size and softness of the brushes matter, too. What works best for your dog? Your cat? What tips do you have for making pet dental care part of your routine?
Photo: Hammer the Foster Greyhound - Before and After a Dental Cleaning by Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM