You brought us your clean teeth questions, and we brought you our answers!
This month at Pet Planet, we’re celebrating dental health. Check out our detailed Q & A below with a few common questions and answers about pet dental health.

Q: What’s the best way to brush my dog’s teeth?

A: The first step to brushing your dog’s teeth is selecting the method you’d like to use first.

Method 1: Finger Toothbrush & Toothpaste

Method 2: Moist Dog Toothbrush & Toothpaste

Method 3: Dental Spray

Regardless of the method you choose, make sure you have your dog facing you, then gently lift the lip of their gums.You’ll want to brush in a straight line, back and forth, massaging both the gums and teeth gently. The more often you get your dog used to brushing their teeth, the more comfortable they will become. It’s important to make this apart of your day to day routine.

Q: What’s the best way to brush my cat’s teeth?

Just like with dog’s you’ll want to start by selecting the method in which you’d like to brush their teeth.

Method 1: Dental Spray

Method 2: Finger toothbrush

Get started by having your cat getting used to you touching their mouth, teeth, and gums.

If you chose method 1, once your cat has started getting used to your touch, gently lift their lip and apply the spray, according to the spray’s directions.

If you chose method 2, once your cat is used to your touch, introduce them to a toothpaste. Take your finger, apply a paste and gently massage it on the gums. Once they are used to this routine, add in your finger toothbrush and massage it on their gums.

Q: Do I really need to clean my pet’s teeth daily?

A: Ask yourself this question: do you need to clean your own teeth daily? Yes.
By cleaning your pet’s teeth daily, you will help prevent dental diseases that could affect their quality of life. Consider it an insurance policy – would you rather brush their teeth every day or run into a problem one or two years from now that could end up costing you thousands of dollars?

Q: If I don’t clean my pet’s teeth daily, what will happen?

Your pet could experience plaque or tartar build-up, brown or yellowing teeth, inflamed or bleeding gums, and worse – tooth or bone loss. Any of these things happening could also lead to some life-threatening diseases that could affect your pet’s whole body.

Q: What’s the difference between plaque and tartar?

According to Oral B, “Plaque is sticky, colorless film containing bacteria that builds up naturally on tooth surfaces.”Tartar is tough—it’s a hard, crusty deposit that can trap stains and leads to tooth discoloration. Tartar is formed when residual plaque on the surface of the tooth reacts with minerals in your saliva.”

Q: What Is The Biggest Dental Problem In Pets, & How Can I Prevent It?

A: By Age 2, 80% of all dogs will have some form of periodontal disease, a serious gum infection that damages gums and can destroy the jawbone. Good dental hygiene can help pets avoid the disease. Visit a Pet Planet near you and ask about all our dental solutions.