Vante has been on her best behavior this week. Enough so that we were able to leave all the doors in the house open while we were out and about running errands. She has either chilled out in her old age or realized that if she leaves the other cats alone, they'll return the favor.
Here are some interesting facts regarding keeping your pet's mouth clean.
Dry food vs. Wet food-->doesn't matter when it comes to your pet's tooth health. Unless you're using prescription dental food diets; this food is large and must be chewed & it allows teeth to sink in and scrapes away plaque before breaking. Most dry food is brittle and breaks too easily to scrape away anything from the teeth.
Chew toys-->hit yourself with the toy first, if it hurts, then don't give it to your pet b/c it's hard enough to break a tooth
Brushing their teeth-->using a soft-bristled toothbrush is the most effective! Use pet toothpaste (not human), it is designed to taste good. It is best to brush their teeth daily.
There are gels & things that you can put into their water to improve dental health. Talk to your veterinarian to see what they recommend and make the best decision for you and your pet. Remember, healthy, pain-free teeth will lead to better overall health for your pet.