Oral disease, the number one health problem diagnosed in pets, is easily preventable with proper care. Cleaning your cat's teeth regularly is a simple way to keep her healthy, and a great way for the two of you to bond.
Once you get the knack, cleaning her teeth will not only be a breeze, but an enjoyable experience for both of you. Simply take things slowly at the beginning and give lots of praise; you and your cat will soon begin to look forward to your cleaning sessions.
Here are a few simple suggestions:
Toothpastes and rinses
Rinses that destroy the bacteria leading to plaque and gum disease are also available. Some can be placed directly in the mouth and used in conjunction with a fingertip brush or dental sponge for effective cleansing. Others are used in your pet's water bowl and will help dissolve plaque and tartar.
The use of breath drops or sprays can be used to combat the odors of tartar build up and gum disease until teeth can be professionally cleaned by a veterinarian. After a professional cleaning, you can develop a regular cleaning routine with your cat. Keep in mind these products should not be used in place of proper dental care.
Toothbrushes, sponges, and pads
Dental cleaning pads are a good choice for animals with sensitive gums and for, owners with arthritis or other conditions that make holding a brush difficult.