Brushing your pet’s teeth daily will help to reduce the plaque that forms on the surface of the teeth before it mineralizes and hardens into tartar that cannot be removed with a brush. Since plaque can harbor over 1000 different micro-organisms, it is important to remove as much of it as possible. Left untreated, the plaque will lead to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), stomatitis (inflammation of the oral mucosa) and periodontal disease. Daily brushiing will help remove plaque, maintain oral hygiene, and prevent disease.
Ideally, tooth brushing should be initiated as soon as a puppy or kitten is brought home. Schedule a veterinary exam before starting a new dental care program on an adult pet as dental disease may result in painful areas in the mouth that are not readily visible. Brushing these areas can cause the pet to become fearful of tooth brushing in the future.