Dental Health Month: veterinarian successfully cleans mouths


Dental Health Month: veterinarian successfully cleans mouths

Aug 17

Categories: Blog

Flip those lips and smell that breath, we're all about gentle dental health at Animal Health Care of Marlboro.  We're really talking about a face so cute it could melt your heart but breath so bad it could melt your nose hairs!  For a healthy body, your pet needs a healthy mouth. Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed preventable disease in pets. By the time your pet is 3-4 years of age, 85% show signs of oral disease that if left untreated can lead to serious consequences including severe pain, bad breath, and tooth loss.  Chronic infections can spread to some very major organs: the heart and kidneys for example which will seriouly compromise your pet's health!

The simple way is to prevent dental disease in the first place with a daily dental routine that starts with:

1. dental chews and dental diets: it's like feeding your pet their dental care in their bowls: this is good, and

2. fight plaque with every drink: a simple water additive can make those tooth surfaces slick so things don't stick: this is better, and

3. make brushing a healthy daily habit: this is best!

Start slowly-reward and praise each step to make your pet comfortable during the home care routine.  Pick a time and be consistent- allow your pet to get used to this new habit.  Place some toothpaste on your finger and let them become familiar with the taste. Use your fingers for the first tooth brushings. Once used to having your fingers in their mouths we introduce a tooth brush to gently brush all teeth and gums like you do your own. For more brushing suggestions ask your veterinarian for advice or view a demonstration video at

Your Animal Health Care team wants to make sure all our furry felines and cutie canines don't miss out on their chance to have pearly white, clean, healthy and bright teeth: all 42 for dogs and 30 for cats!  So if your pet's breath makes your nose scrunch up or you flip those lips and see anything but white teeth, it's time for a lesson on dental health.

Beware of dog (and "tuna) breath...