National Pet Dental Month

February is National Pet Dental Month! Since I am a dental assistant I take teeth very seriously. A lot of pet owners don’t understand that dental care in our pets is very critical to their overall health. Dental disease can cause a lot of problems like bad breath, bleeding from the mouth and loss of appetite. Keeping an at home regimen of brushing your pets teeth is very important. Since I will be talking about what I do for Daze  I will also talk about my daily dental regiment.

My dentist recommends on using a electric toothbrush. Manual toothbrushes can lead to gum recession from brushing too hard. I also like to switch toothpaste and mouthwash about every month or when it runs out. It’s crazy how our our teeth and gums can adapt to that. I 100% recommend on going to the store right now and purchasing a Oral-B toothbrush! Costco! I love Costco and they are doing a deal right now for this toothbrush: Costco Oral-B.  Note: you only have to purchase this one time and you just buy new heads for it. I can’t believe how excited I am about talking about a toothbrush but it is seriously amazing. Right now I am currently using Colgate toothpaste and Listerine mouthwash.

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Now lets move onto the actual topic of National Pet Dental Month and talk about Daze. I have tried and tried to get a picture of her teeth because they are just so cute and tiny. She definitely doesn’t like anything but food or her toothbrush in her mouth (which sometimes has to be covered in peanut butter.) I can’t say I’m perfect and brush her teeth everyday. Someday’s she is just not having it so I will give her a freebie day off and give her a bone or treat. Bones are really great for dogs teeth. They can get any plaque off the teeth and make the teeth really strong. Plus they love it! In my experience I have found that the dog toothbrushes are way too big for Daze’s mouth and she really hates them. I found the best option is a 0-2 year old baby toothbrush. The bristles are extra soft and it’s tiny for her little mouth. I found that she is more willing to have me brush her teeth without any toothpaste so I go with it.

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I can’t tell if she’s happy or nervous for this one

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Or if she’s not having it I will let her enjoy her bone

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Make sure your vet looks at your dogs teeth and gums at the next routine exam! And don’t forget about yourself and see your dentist! Check out these dental products at PetSmart: Dental Care

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