pet dental care.

You’ve likely heard the chatter about the importance of dental hygiene for pets, and while brushing your pet’s teeth might seem like a stretch—especially for cat families—we’re here to tell you that with a few tips and tricks, you’ll be a pro at pet toothbrushing in no time! 

When it comes to protecting your pet’s pearly whites, it takes a team approach. That’s why we inspect your pet’s mouth for visible signs of dental disease at every wellness visit, and make a recommendation regarding professional dental cleanings. When you combine professional cleanings with at-home dental hygiene for pets, you’ve got a winning combination. 

Read on for helpful hints on toothbrushing techniques from our team at Sunrise Boulevard Animal Hospital. 

Pet Toothbrushing Techniques

Brushing a pet’s teeth should be part of any plan for overall health and wellness. But don’t get discouraged if it takes a few stops and starts. The key is to move slowly to get your cat or dog accustomed to a pet dental routine, and aim for pet tooth brushing at least a few times a week.

Follow this step-by-step guide for brushing pet’s teeth:

  1. Timing is everything. Practice your pet dental routine when your pet is calm, such as after an energetic playtime or long walk. 
  2. Buy a toothbrush and toothpaste made for pets and keep these pet toothbrushing tools where you’ll need them. 
  3. Kneel beside your pet in a well-lit area. 
  4. Start by using just your finger to apply light pressure to your cat’s or dog’s gums and teeth to get them accustomed to pet toothbrushing.
  5. The next step is to put a dab of toothpaste on your finger and “brush” your pet’s teeth. 
  6. Next, apply the toothpaste to the brush. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and make small circular motions on your pet’s teeth and gums.
  7. Take your time and remain positive. Use a soothing voice, and praise your pet for baby steps. Reward your pet with a healthy treat after pet toothbrushing. 

Stay on one step until your pet has the hang of it. Move on to the next step when you are confident that your pet is ready. If you see anything unusual, like bumps, bleeding gums, or loose teeth, contact your veterinarian

More Tips on Dental Hygiene for Pets

Besides pet tooth brushing, your pet dental routine can include veterinarian-approved dental treats. We can also offer advice on choosing a dental water additive that will complement pet tooth brushing by controlling the buildup of plaque. 

Show Us That Smile!

We’re here with comprehensive dental care in addition to our other health and wellness services. Please contact us at (916) 726-2334 to schedule a visit or if you’d like more tips on toothbrushing techniques for pets.