The Guide to Dental Care for Pets

Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? To celebrate, I thought I’d talk about the top 10 reasons dental care for pets is important to furry children and their parents. Your pet’s oral health is at least as important as your own-it can prevent heart damage and other health issues. 

This goes-please feels free to talk about these with your buddies so Most of Us know how important this is:

  1. A pet with healthy teeth is a furry friend with better breath. I believe everybody knows that’ true-it’s the same for human beings, right?
  2. Dental disease in pets can result in problems with different organs, such as the heart. Baby teeth that don’t drop out may lead to problems, too. Did you know that adult dogs have 42 teeth and full-grown cats have 30? If a dog’s or cat’s baby teeth do not come out, it can result in gum irritation and tartar buildup.
  3. Periodontal disease may be caused by plaque buildup. Did you know that 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 3 have some sort of gum disease? Because of this, it is important to remove plaque from your pet’s teeth. Maintain reading-we’ll go into “how” in just a little bit.
  4. Pets that don’t receive dental care can lose their teeth.
  5. Cats and dogs are great at hiding pain-you might now understand there’s an issue until it’s serious.
  6. Teeth wear out-as down they wear, the tooth root might become exposed which can be debilitating.

Dental care for pets can be very expensive if you get it done in a vet’s office. This may not be so bad for one, but if you’ve got multiple pets, that bill may run-up in the thousands. Who can afford that these days?

Save yourself some money and take a look at a few ways to tackle animal dental health at home:


Offer your dog chewy bones. Chewy bones are made specifically to prevent periodontal disease. That’s when bacteria causes the gums to be inflamed which induces loose teeth.

Chew-bone toys also help eliminate plaque and promote decent breath.


Yes, even brush your pet’s teeth. Find a toothbrush that will fit your pet’s mouth-they are made for both cats and dogs. Attempt to locate a toothpaste that has a nice flavor, like vanilla, and search for the ingredient “chlorohexidine”, which will help fight gum disease and germs.

If it sounds difficult to you, here are a couple of videos which show how to perform it…


You will find products you can add to your pet’s water to kill germs that cause bad breath. Additionally, it protects your pet’s teeth.

There are also treats available for dogs and cats that wash their teeth and freshen their breath by using chlorophyll. We’ve all heard of “Greenies”, correct?

What Have We Learned?

It is safe to say that the motives for getting dental care for pets would be the very same reasons we’ve got it for human beings. Good breath and preventing harm to other organs are important for everyone.

If you want to take your furry friend to the vet because of their dental care but can’t afford it, then you might check into pet insurance to see if a dental program is offered (again, just like ours!).

I would really like to hear any ideas you have to keep your pet’s teeth clean. Maybe you have done something that was not covered here.

Pet Dental Care & Cleaning

At Animal Hospital of North Asheville, our veterinarians offer you high-quality dog and cat dental care, including teeth cleaning, dental check-ups, and dental operations in Asheville.

You could be surprised to understand that periodontal disease is the most common disorder for pets. The same as humans, they can also suffer from cavities, orthodontic problems, and broken teeth.

Our veterinary team offers complete veterinary pet dental care, such as dental surgeries, dental x-rays, polishing and cleaning your pet’s teeth and teaching you on house dental care options. Looking for a dog wellness exam near me? Visit this website