How to Care for Your Pet’s Teeth and Gums


You may think it’s common for your pet to have their own version of stinky breath, just like we do! But, just like ours, your pet’s teeth and gums need to be cleaned for their happy smile to last them a lifetime. It’s important not to let their dental health slip away from you – this area can put them in pain and discomfort, so don’t hesitate to ask your Martinsville veterinarian on how to protect your furry friend’s smile.


Brushing their Teeth
It may not be as simple as brushing your own teeth, but there are toothbrushes and toothpastes made for your pet. While it may sound like a difficult task, there are other alternatives to ensuring your pet has a healthy smile. Ask us about healthy treats that could benefit your pet’s teeth and gums, and about which ones to avoid, lessening the chances of periodontal disease.


Stick to their Food
Letting your pet indulge in far too many unhealthy treats can quickly harm their teeth, weakening them and even causing them to fall out! Avoid giving your pet any food that’s meant for people – while their system can break it down well enough, their first line of defense is their mouth and it’s not exactly the same as ours, especially if you’re not routinely brushing their teeth.


Don’t Give Them Too Many Treats
While it’s easy to give your pet some treats to satisfy them, not all treats are beneficial for their overall health. Don’t get your pet in the habit of always having a treat during the certain time of the day, like when you come home from work, when you first wake up, or when it’s time to go to bed. A treat is something to be earned, so treat it as something special! Otherwise, their teeth and gums may pay the price.


Looking for more ways to take care of your pet’s smile? Give our Martinsville veterinarian a call at (276) 656-0442 and we’ll be happy to provide you with helpful tips and tricks!