Original Question: Do dogs and cats need their teeth brushed? - Anonymous
Dental disease in dogs and cats follows a similar path as compared to their human counterparts. Plaque bacteria forms on the teeth within hours of brushing and even after a professional cleaning. Pet parents who provide regular care of their pet’s teeth at home can maintain good oral health. The brushing action against the teeth surface lowers the presence of plaque bacteria. Due to the presence of the high fluoride content (not salt) in human toothpaste that can cause stomach upset, a dog and cat-specific toothpaste must be used (Gorrel, 2013).
Jeanne Perrone, MS, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)
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