Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Dental Care

At Hillview Veterinary Clinic in Reynoldsburg, we get a lot of questions about pet dental care. Our clients want to take excellent care of their dogs and cats, but they are often confused about dental care. That is why we decided to answer some of the frequently asked questions on our website. If you have questions about pet dental care or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Halper, contact our team at Hillview Veterinary Clinic/Bed & Biscuit.

Why Do Pets Need Dental Care?


Dogs and cats can accumulate plaque and tartar on their teeth and develop dental diseases just like humans. They also have bacteria in their mouths that can contribute to bad breath and gum disease if not controlled. Your pets cannot brush their own teeth, so they need a little assistance from the humans they trust. You can provide treats that help remove plaque and tartar from their teeth, but a deep cleaning that goes below the gum line is still essential to prevent dental disease.

Do I Need to Brush My Pet’s Teeth at Home?

You should brush your dog or cat’s teeth daily. There are special toothbrushes and pastes designed for this purpose. If you start when your pet is young, your pet is less likely to resist the process. It is never too late to start if your pet is older and has never had teeth brushing at home.

Can Dogs and Cats Use Normal Toothpaste?

Never use toothpaste designed for humans in your dog or cat’s mouth. These kinds of toothpaste often contain ingredients that are harmful or even toxic to pets, including xylitol. Your pet is also more likely to resist the process because they do not like the flavors presented with human toothpaste products. There are dog and cat kinds of toothpaste that have more tolerable flavor profiles and safe ingredients for your pets.

How Often Should I Get My Pet’s Teeth Cleaned?

Dogs and cats should have at least one or two professional dental appointments every year. The veterinarian may recommend more frequent teeth cleanings, depending on your dog’s unique needs. These cleanings are in addition to you cleaning your pet’s teeth at home daily.

Professional cleanings go below the gum line to reduce the risk of gum disease as your pet ages. Your veterinarian is also able to detect early signs of disease and treat your pet accordingly. That is only possible if you schedule and show up for routine pet dental cleanings.

Get Quality Pet Dental Care in Reynoldsburg, OH

Is it time for your dog or cat to get a good dental cleaning? If so, contact Hillview Veterinary Clinic/Bed & Biscuit in Reynoldsburg. We are dedicated to treating the whole animal, starting with excellent preventative care. We offer comprehensive pet dental care with competitive pricing and easy scheduling. Call our team today at (614) 866-2290 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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