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You must be refraining yourself from going too close to your Fido, trying to avoid that bad breath which makes you feel Lucky, every time he opens his mouth. Probably it’s because you never really cared that dental hygiene is essential.

Well, we must inform you that roughly 78-80% of pets have dental issues by the time they are three years old. Moreover, dental issues when left untreated can even lead to major health issues like respiratory troubles, kidney diseases, diabetes, liver damage, and even heart attack because mouth problems don’t just stick to the mouth, they go down and beyond into the system.

If you haven’t been following any dental schedule for your pet until now, this February, which is known as National Pet Dental Month, it’s time for you to mend your ways.

Follow a proper dental routine for your furry kid and ward off any chances of developing unnecessary diseases that happen due to improper oral health.

5 Ways To Improve Your Pet’s Oral Health

1. Brush Regularly

Brushing teeth, regularly, is as important for our furry kids as it is for us. It helps in scrapping away any food remains, debris or plaque from the teeth and further prevents the risk of developing tartar. Hence, this activity must be inculcated and reinforced in your pet’s schedule at least once a week. However, do consider using a good pet finger brush and Pet toothpaste for proper cleaning as human grade products can cause more harm than good.

2. Give Dental Chews

Dental chews are very beneficial in improving bad breath in pets and also give a good exercise to their gums. They also remove food debris and thus prevent the development of plaque and the complications leading thereafter.

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3. Pay Vet Visits

A complete examination of pet’s teeth is very important for the total upkeep of his/her oral health. It also helps in diagnosing any oddity like a loose tooth or tartar development easily and you get professional suggestions, additionally. In case your dog is facing any tooth pain or disease related to or as a consequence of already decayed tooth can be addressed immediately. So never skip your pet’s visits to the vet.

4. Go For Professional Service

You should consider going for professional cleaning at least once every 3 months for rigorous and complete cleaning of your pet’s teeth. When it comes to cleaning you definitely cannot beat the trained professional because they know how to dig the hardest corner of your pet’s mouth with an additional ability to handle the pet adeptly.

5. Keep A Check On His Breath

Though dogs normally have foul breath, if in case it gets intolerable, you must consider getting him checked by your vet. Keeping a check on his breath clearly gives an indication of his health so make sure whenever you cuddle him, just give a quick check to his mouth and get a sniff of his breath. This must be religiously followed once or twice every week.

Loose teeth/tooth and rotten gums can be quite painful for your pet and he may find it preposterously difficult to chew his food. This, in turn, may even lead him to lose his appetite and hence his weight. Not to forget, the other health issues which come along with bacteria-laden teeth and gums!

Oral health is and must be an essential part of your pet’s grooming routine so make sure, not just this February but every other month of the year, you must follow a proper oral routine for your pet so he stays as fit as a fiddle not just from outside but from inside as well, throughout his life.


Jesse McDaniel is an animal activist that raises concerns and spreads awareness regarding pet health issues. She is also a self-proclaimed pet lover who tends to support many pet shelters, assisting them with supplies and medical aid on a regular basis.