Top dental care tips for cats and dogs

Top dental tips                             

We all know the pain and discomfort felt when we have a sore tooth, imagine not being able to do anything about it or have it linger over the course of a few weeks or even months!

Cats and dogs are as susceptible to dental infections as we are and with adult dogs having 42 teeth and adult cats with 30 teeth, that’s a lot of potential problems.


Poor dental health signs to look out for:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Sensitivity around the mouth
  • Difficulty in chewing food – sometimes combined with “chattering” of teeth when trying to eat
  • Loose teeth
  • Bleeding or inflamed gums
  • Creamy/brown Tartar build up on teeth
  • Increased drooling (in cats)
  • Loss of appetite


Together with a regular home-based dental regime, specialist oral products and an annual check in with your vet, it’s possible to help your pets have healthy, pain-free teeth and mouths.

At home dental routines

Tooth brushing: Just like us, brushing your cat’s or dog’s teeth is the most effective way of removing plaque. Animal toothbrushes have been specifically designed to contain soft bristles and shaped to fit your pet’s mouth. You should aim to brush your pet’s teeth every day and look to replace toothbrushes every 4 to 6 weeks. Finger brushes are also a good option to help familiarise your pet with the sensation of brushing.

Oral rinses and gels: If brushing just isn’t going to work with your pet, oral rinses and gels can help slow down the build-up of plaque.

Dental chews and bespoke dental food: If it’s difficult to keep your pet still to brush their teeth, chews and dental food can help to keep their teeth clean without them even realising.

Regular oral health check-ups with your vet

Once your pet is over 3 years of age, it’s advisable to book regular oral health check-ups with your vet. If a dental clean-up is required, they may suggest carrying out some pre-dental checks just to establish the overall health of your pet prior to booking in the procedure. The treatment will be similar to humans – tartar removal, checking for cavities, gingival (gum) pockets and removal of loose teeth.

Toys to help with good oral hygiene

Hard rubber chew toys with small bumps on will clean your pet’s teeth as they chew, helping to dislodge any food that may be residing in between. Chewing on these toys will also help to strengthen your pet’s teeth and gums.

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