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Does your pet's mouth smell not-so-sweet? A bad odor can be a sign of serious problems for your pet such as dental disease and infection. This should be discussed with your veterinarian at Beach Park Animal Hospital.

What Do You Know About Your Pet's Oral Hygiene?

Here are some common mouth myths:

  • Pets are supposed to have bad breath. TRUE or FALSE?
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  Bad breath in pets is not normal. If your pet's breath smells bad, it could be a sign of dental disease.
    • FALSE. An odor is not normal. Just like in people, bad breath in pets is often a sign of dental disease and requires treatment to safeguard health.

  • Pets don't need regular oral hygiene maintenance. TRUE or FALSE?
    • FALSE. Even with regular dental cleanings at Beach Park Animal Hospital, your pet still needs regular tooth brushing to keep the breath sweet and pearly whites sparkling.

  • Pets' mouths clean themselves. TRUE or FALSE?
    • FALSE. While there are some natural enzyme systems at work in your pet's mouth, it will not keep his or her mouth clean. Debris builds up on your pet's teeth and requires brushing or rubbing to keep the mouth fresh.

  • Cats don't need dental care. TRUE or FALSE?
    • FALSE. Cats and small breed dogs often require more dental care than larger animals.

  • Cats have stinky breath because they eat smelly foods. TRUE or FALSE?
    • FALSE. An odor in your cat's mouth is a sign of a health problem and you should discuss your pet's problem with your veterinarian.

Dental disease prevention is the best medicine for your pet!

You can help prevent bad breath and dental disease in your pet with regular oral care. Our veterinarians recommend daily tooth brushing. This is the best way to keep your pet's mouth healthy. You may also use daily oral hygiene rinses, dental diets, water additives and safe chew toys to keep your pet's mouth clean, but daily brushing is the best.

Home care and regular professional dental cleanings performed by your veterinarian are the best way to keep your pet's mouth bright and healthy!