By: Jeanne R. Perrone, MS, CVT, VTS (Dentistry) | Jul 1, 2020
Jeanne explains the different options available for preventing dental disease in cats and dogs that don’t involve brushing and where to find products that are proven to be effective. It is important to note that brushing is still the best way to maintain good oral health at home between regular cleanings, although some pets may not tolerate having their teeth brushed.
She 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.
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Brushing the teeth is the best way to reduce plaque bacteria on the tooth surface. For options other than brushing, that depends on your pet’s tolerances and the pet owner’s ability. Products can be directly applied by the pet owner such as tooth or applying a gel or rinse. Products can have ingredients in the chew or food that reduce plaque buildup. If the pet will not allow you to handle the mouth or the pet owner is not physically able to handle the pet’s mouth, then a product that the pet takes in through feeding or chewing would be best. Examples of these products are dental chews or dental diets. For a listing of effective products, go to the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC).