February Is Pet Dental Health Month | Importance of Pet Dental Care

Be as proactive about your pet’s dental health as your own. You brush and floss at least twice daily. You go for regular dental checkups and cleanings. You do your best to prevent gum disease, cavities, or other dental issues. So, you should do the same for your pet!


Why Take Care of Your Pet’s Teeth?

Dogs and cats do not get cavities as humans do. Still, they can get dental diseases that lead to red gums, yellow teeth, and stinky breath. These can make your pet uncomfortable. Poor oral hygiene in pets can lead to other health conditions.


The swellings in the mouth and broken teeth can make them lose their appetite. This affects your pet’s weight and consequently their immunity. Bacteria in the mouth can also travel to other body parts, causing complications in those areas.


Where to Start

The first thing to do is make sure your pet is comfortable with letting you brush its teeth. It is best to begin when they are still puppies and kittens, but it is not too late to start at any age.


How to Start

Begin brushing their teeth using gauze. Wrap it around your finger and rub it on their teeth. For dogs, start by using beef or chicken broth to brush their teeth instead of cleaning agents. For cats, use tuna water. It will help them to get into the routine.


Once your pet gets into the daily routine, you can switch out the gauze for a toothbrush with soft bristles. Afterward, you can ease into using a veterinarian-approved pet toothpaste. Although you may brush your pet’s teeth daily, do not forget to take your pet to the vet for regular dental checkups.


Benefits of Taking Care of Pet Dental Health

Pet’s dental health does not just involve brushing their teeth. There are additives for their water. These help reduce plaque and tartar as they drink. There are also chew toys, dental diets, and chew treats. So, what are the benefits of good dental health in pets? Why is it important?


Prevents Gum Disease

Gum disease causes your pet to have red gums, swellings, and bad breath. It also makes your pet susceptible to other health complications. Bacteria can travel to other body parts and cause infections.


Prevents Malnutrition

A pet with good oral health can eat its food and remain healthy. These pets are not selective about food. This lets them benefit from different foods that offer various nutrients to their bodies.


Promotes Strong Teeth

Pets with good oral health have strong teeth. They can play with their chew toys to maintain their oral health. Their teeth will not break, and they will control plaque and tartar.


A Longer, Healthier Life

Pets with good oral health live a longer and healthier life. They have a good appetite and attitude. They can eat, play, and exercise without any pain. Good oral health keeps your pet healthier for longer.



Taking care of your pet’s health is not just a February affair. It is an everyday affair. Commit to it! When you do, you will have a happy, healthy pet with great teeth. They can play and eat without discomfort and live a fulfilled life.


For more on the importance of pet dental health, call Elizabeth Veterinary Clinic at (908) 245-7853 to reach our office in Roselle, New Jersey.