5 Reasons To Brush Your Cat’s Teeth

February is Pet Dental Health Month, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Many cat parents don’t think much about their cat’s teeth until it’s too late and they’re faced with an expensive and painful problem like gingivitis. Regularly brushing your cat’s teeth can boost her overall health and get ahead of potential problems. Here are 5 great reasons to incorporate brushing your cat’s teeth into your daily routine.

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#1 – Longer life
Periodontal disease, gingivitis, and tooth loss can all cause pain and stress on your cat, but they can also lead to life threatening infections. Regular brushing will greatly lessen your cat’s chances of acquiring one of these conditions.

#2 – Fix stinky breath
Bad breath is a telltale sign that something isn’t right with your cat’s health and that it’s time to make an appointment with her veterinarian. Brushing her teeth can make her breath less offensive while you get to the root of the problem.

#3 – Safer than a professional cleaning
If your cat’s teeth are in very bad shape when you get around to getting a professional cleaning, it may require your cat to be anesthetized during the procedure, which comes with a slight health risk.

#4 – Cheaper than a professional cleaning
Professional cleanings are much more expensive than what you’ll pay for a cat toothbrushing kit.

#5 – Builds trust
The process of brushing your cat’s teeth will require her to trust you and to be comfortable with you touching her face and mouth. That kind of vulnerability and trust can strengthen the bond you have with her.

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