5 Reasons to Brush Your Pet's Teeth

5 Reasons to Brush Your Pet's Teeth

If you own a pet, youโ€™ve probably heard by now that you shouldย 

brushย your pet'sย teeth. Whether or not youโ€™re actually doing it -- well, thatโ€™s another story. Even pet parents with the best intentions slack on this important duty. Maybe you simply forget, or maybe you think you can get away with brushing just once a week -- or eek -- once a month. The truth is that you should brush your petโ€™s teeth daily. And if you understand the reasons why, chances are youโ€™ll stick to that schedule.So why should you brush your petโ€™s teeth?

1. To Prevent Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease

, or gum disease, is a very common and very serious problem in pets. Periodontal disease not only causes pain, abscesses, tooth loss, and infection, it can also impact the brain, heart, liver, kidney, lungs, skin, and joints. Itโ€™s an irreversible condition, so prevention is key.

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2. To Prevent Bad Breath

Some people think that bad breath

-- also known as halitosis -- is normal in pets, but itโ€™s not. If your pet has bad breath, something more serious is probably going on. While bad breath can result from a wide range of diseases, it is most commonly caused by a periodontal condition. Plaque mixes with saliva and bacteria to create one foul furry mouth.

Brushing your petโ€™s teeth prevents the buildup of plaque, and thus bad breath. However, if brushing doesnโ€™t seem to be keeping your petโ€™s bad breath at bay, contact your veterinarian


3. To Prevent Pain

Periodontal problems can be incredibly painful for a pet, whether weโ€™re talking about gum disease,

gingivitis, abscesses, or broken teeth. And most pets donโ€™t show it when theyโ€™re feeling dental pain; they just go on living with it. Pretty sad, right? To prevent your pal from feeling discomfort, keep up with regular brushing.

4. To Check For Problems

Brushing your petโ€™s teeth is a great opportunity to check for problems such as fractured or broken teeth, retained baby teeth, abnormally positioned teeth, and abnormal bite. These issues can all cause problems for a pet, so you should contact your veterinarian if you ever notice anything unusual while examining their mouth.RELATED STORY: 5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Dogโ€™s Dental Health

5. To Keep Their Teeth Looking Their Best

Most pets will exhibit some mild tooth discoloration as they age, but itโ€™s possible to avoid heavily stained yellow, brown, or green (yes, green!) teeth with regularly brushings. Heavy staining is caused by bacteria found in plaque, and brushing helps to remove it.

Do you brush your petโ€™s teeth? Leave a comment and tell us your technique. And to keep your pet healthy, sign up for PetPlus. PetPlus is a benefit program for pet owners that provides member-only access to medications at wholesale prices, plus discounts on food, supplies, vet visits, boarding, and more.
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