SMILE: It’s Pet Dental Health Month

by Holly Nash, DVM, MS on February 13, 2013

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This is a post we had up last year, but it’s still a great post so I wanted to tweak a few things and repost for you guys!

Did you know that dental tartar is the number one diagnosis made by veterinarians in dogs and cats?

Dental disease in pets is such a big problem that nationally we devote a whole month (February) to reinforce how important dental care is for our pets. Be it dogs, cats, rabbits, or horses, the status of the teeth can be the difference between a healthy animal and one who is in pain, not eating well, or suffers from diseases of other organs as a result of poor dental health.

Tips to care for your pet’s teeth:

Brush. We can’t say it enough. Brush. Home dental care centers on brushing. We have a great how-to video that shows you the easy steps in starting a brushing program. Once your pet is used to it, don’t be surprised if he comes running to you when he sees the toothpaste coming out!

Rely on your veterinarian. Your veterinarian is the person best equipped to evaluate the health of your pet’s mouth. Before you start brushing, it’s a good idea to have your pet’s mouth checked to make sure there are no major problems. Why not schedule an appointment today?

Use pet dental care products. Choose a pet toothpaste (not a human one). Many types of pet toothbrushes are available – even ones you put over your finger. Chew products, like Greenies, are another great tool to remove that plaque before it becomes sealed-on tartar!

Stay on top of it. In just 3 days plaque (a film on the teeth made of up bacteria and food debris) turns into tartar (a mineralized substance that can only be removed through a professional veterinary dental cleaning). Perform daily dental care so tartar doesn’t develop.


Have a try at using our Drs. Foster and Smith ToothCare Dental Kit for dogs or cats.

You’ll add years to your pet’s life and put a smile on your face by providing the good dental care your pet needs. Why not start today?


About the author: Dr. Holly Nash received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Master's Degree in epidemiology (the study of the transmission, distribution, and control of disease) from the University of Wisconsin. She has worked in a primarily dairy practice, as a veterinary epidemiologist, and as a companion animal veterinarian. Dr. Nash has been with Drs. Foster and Smith since 1998. She has always been interested in the human-animal bond and the education of animal owners, and finds being Editor of a perfect match. She enjoys and has had experience working with many species of animals, and is a member of the American and Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Associations. See more articles by Dr. Holly Nash.

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Katherine Hathaway August 22, 2015 at 10:08 am

Have a five-year old rescue dog Maltese poodle yorkie mix. She has had several teeth extracted. Try to brush her teeth but she fights it and I don’t do a good job and she still has bad breath.

please help

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