Even with good oral habits, issues can still occur - Spot check your pets teeth, and talk to your Vet if you notice any of the below symptons:
BAD BREATH: Take a wiff if your Dog / Cat's breath, to make sure it isn't smelly
DISCOLORATION: Gums shouldn't be red or swollen. Healthy teeth are white, not brownish or stained.
BLEEDING: This may be a sign of Gingivitis. Daily brushing will help fight this off.
BROKEN TEETH: If your pet should happen to break a tooth, contact your Vet immediately.
EXPOSED ROOTS: If your pet has had any Dental work done, Only the crowns should be visible above the gums,
If your can brush your pets teeth, purchase supplies for home cleanings: a small, soft bristled toothbrush or a finger brush ( a cotton swab works for cats). Be sure to select a pet friendly toothpaste: like a poultry flavor for dogs, and possibly a fish for cats.
Give your pets Tartar-fighting treats and food designed for dental health, REMEMBER: to clean their toothbrush in the dishwasher once a week to prevent bacteria.
These are just a few ideas for you and your pets to help with their Oral Hygiene.