Should I Brush My Cat’s Teeth?

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Your cat is a part of your family, and taking care of them means taking care of their teeth, too! Cats can develop gum disease just like humans can, and without proper treatment, they may also develop cavities and decay which can lead to painful tooth loss in the future. Although the thought of brushing your cat’s teeth doesn’t sound fun at first, it’s something that every cat owner should do if they want their cat to be healthy.

How Do I Brush My Cat’s Teeth?

Remember to take things slowly. Cats have sharp teeth, and you don’t want your cat to unexpectedly lash out at you for moving too quickly through the process. Also remember to never offer your cat human toothpaste, as it contains ingredients that are toxic for cats.

  1. Start by getting your cat comfortable enough to let you touch their mouths and gums.
  2. Over time, introduce your cat to a piece of wet gauze and glide it over their teeth.
  3. Eventually, you’ll be ready to incorporate a cat-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste to the routine.

How Often Should I Brush My Cat’s Teeth?

You should brush your cat’s teeth daily, but if you don’t have time to do that, then try to brush their teeth at least a few times per week. Cats eat carbohydrate-rich diets and need help scraping plaque and tartar off of the surface of their teeth to keep their mouths healthy and their teeth strong.

Take Your Cat for Regular Vet Checkups

Your vet should take a thorough look at your cat’s teeth during their checkups and shape your cat’s oral healthcare routine to fit their needs. Your dentist may suggest that your cat get a professional cleaning in addition to at-home dental care if they need it.

Set a Good Example

Brushing your teeth twice a day is equally important to brushing your cat’s teeth. Remember to also visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and examinations and to address any concerns that you may have about your smile. While you take care of your cat’s oral health, let our team at Highland Oaks Family Dentistry take care of yours! It is our priority to deliver high-quality, comfortable care for the whole family.

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