• How Often Do Pets Need to Have Their Teeth Brushed?

  • How Often Do Pets Need to Have Their Teeth Brushed?
  • By: Jeanne R. Perrone, CVT, VTS (Dentistry) | Jun 3, 2020

  • Jeanne Perrone, CVT, VTS (Dentistry) explains how often cats and dogs need to have their teeth brushed in order to maintain oral health between professional cleanings.

    Jeanne is a founding member and former president of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians – A NAVTA Specialty Group which certifies, trains and mentors credentialed technicians to be specialists in dentistry.


    Transcript: Teeth need to be brushed twice daily to maintain oral health in people. Plaque bacteria is a factor in dogs and cats, and what removes plaque bacteria from the tooth surface is brushing. If a pet tolerates having their teeth brushed twice a day, that will maintain oral health between professional cleanings. If the pet has limited tolerance, then once a day is sufficient. If a pet has no tolerance having the teeth brushed and you could get bitten, other options exist that will work better with the pet’s tolerance and the pet owner’s abilities.

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