Do I really need to brush my pet’s teeth?

The answer is yes, together with regular vet dental checks, brushing your pet’s teeth is an important part of maintaining their dental hygiene and the best way to avoid potentially invasive and costly dental treatment. Most of us will experience uncomfortable and sometimes painful dental problems within our lives and it’s no different for our pets. Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly keeps their mouths healthy by helping to prevent the build-up of dental plaque which can lead to tartar, eventually causing gum disease and tooth damage.

What can I brush my pet’s teeth with?

To brush your pet’s teeth, you will need the right tools. First, choose a specialist toothbrush or an ordinary children’s soft bristle toothbrush. Use a toothpaste formulated for dogs, such as our gentle, low foaming Roast Dinner Toothpaste. For those that resent the brush or for smaller mouths why not try a fabric plaster or some muslin wrapped around your finger? Take your time and gradually introduce the idea to your pet over a period of days, if needed.

How should I brush my pet’s teeth?

To begin with, many pets are reluctant to have their teeth cleaned but with our liver-flavoured Roast Dinner Toothpaste they will soon look forward to their new dental care routine! Try not to brush too hard as this can damage their gums and brush the teeth carefully in a circular motion. Don’t forget to reward your pet with lots of praise and maybe even a homemade treat. Starting from a young age can also help your pet get into a good routine.

How often should I brush my pet’s teeth?

Ideally pets should have their teeth cleaned daily but this may be impractical for some people, so we suggest that you aim to do it at least once a week to help reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar, the main culprits of tooth decay. However, if this isn’t possible as often as possible is better than neglecting your pet’s dental care altogether.