Get Home Dental Care Advice From Our Markham Veterinarians

February is Dental Health Awareness month, which makes it the perfect time to check up on your pet’s dental health. Our pet’s teeth are often overlooked as an important part of their overall health, but taking care of their teeth can help ensure you both enjoy many more great years together. Our Markham veterinarians have the advice you need to keep your pet’s teeth in great shape in between visit to our veterinary clinic.

So what can you do at home to help?

You brush your teeth every day, and it should be the same for your pet. Using a soft bristled toothbrush and toothpaste made for pets, hold the brush at a 45 degree angle and move in a circular motion to remove plaque buildup.
Don’t get discouraged! Many pets are resistant to having their teeth cleaned in the beginning, but become used to it over time. Using a toothpaste made especially for them can help because most of them have a meaty flavor pets enjoy. Reward them for their good behavior during teeth cleaning time, too.
Use a water additive featuring the VOHC seal. These additives can soften the plaque for easier removal as well as slow the build up in the first place.
Enzymatic chews have ingredients made to act like an antiseptic for your pet’s mouth, and the rough textures act like a natural toothbrush on their teeth.
Need more advice? Visit the dental care at home page of our website and learn more about what you can do to keep your pets’ teeth in tip top shape. Don’t forget to make an appointment for a tooth cleaning with our Markham veterinarians, too!

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