By Rachele Baker, DVM – Watch this great video demonstrating the importance of dental care in pets narrated by Dr. Sheldon Rubin on AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) TV. Dr. Rubin demonstrates how to teach a dog or cat to accept tooth brushing and discusses the serious problems that can result from dental disease in pets.


2 Responses to Video Demonstrating The Importance Of Dental Care In Pets Including How To Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

  1. Ali Isaac says:

    Very interesting…I haven’t cleaned Indi’s teeth, as he has dry kibbles most of the time, but those pics of gum desease looked awful! how often should I brush his teeth, and for how long?

  2. Hi Ali. I would recommend that you start out by getting Indi used to having your fingers in his mouth by rubbing his gums with your finger. When he tolerates that, you can start using a toothbrush and toothpaste meant for dogs which you can get from your veterinarian. Do not use human toothpaste because it can make your dog sick. Every time your dog eats, he will get food particles on his teeth. Ideally, you would brush your dog’s teeth at least once a day after a meal. However, if that is not possible, three times a week would also help. Brushing your dog’s teeth as often as possible will remove food particles and bacteria from his mouth that can form tartar and cause periodontal disease, gingivitis, and infections in his mouth and other organs. However, brushing his teeth will not remove tartar that has already formed so it is necessary to have your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned under general anesthesia on a regular basis. Just like people, some dogs need more frequent professional teeth cleanings than others. When you bring Indi in for his annual doctor examination, ask your veterinarian if it is time for Indi to receive a professional teeth cleaning under general anesthesia.


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