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Dental Method? Have you heard/tried this?

post #1 of 15
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Last time I took my cats to see the vet we talked about dental hygiene! According to the vet another effective substitute from brushing is to take a clean paper towel and rub the cats teeth and gums until dry to prevent a plaque buildup! This vet is also a specialist in animal dental care! Im curious if this works? It is so much easier to go about it this way vs using a toothbrush and meat toothpaste! Does anyone else use this method? It is suppose to be done once a day.
post #2 of 15
Well I would question it /// this is based on humans but if you have dry mouth you are MORE prone to cavities because the BAD bacteria levals skyrocket when the good bacteria dry out...

In reality the toothpastes do the job thru enzymes ... I havent used a brush in yrs since a vet told me that
post #3 of 15
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So you use just the toothpaste and ditch the brush? Do you brush with fingers or use some other apparatus to do the job?
post #4 of 15
I let them lick and the enzymes work from there ...
post #5 of 15
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Are you kidding me? Do they like that meat paste? The vet gave us meat tasting toothpaste. She told us its hard to do regular brushings with the toothbrush so in between to use paper towel! How often do you do this?
post #6 of 15
I use vets best for the paste ... no idea what flavor but the ingrediants didnt make me want to puke

Well since two went raw and one eats a food with proven dental care about once a week ... if feeding wet only maybe every third day ...
post #7 of 15
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Ill have to try that! Thats a simple procedure!
post #8 of 15
I don't brush my cat's teeth. Is that a bad thing? Should I be? I think having to brush your cats teeth daily is a little extreme isn't it??
post #9 of 15
I use logic gel and they either lick it from the tube or I rub in on their gums. Sometimes I use a finger toothbrush but more often than not I find it easier to use my finger to just rub in on the gums and teeth.
post #10 of 15
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Yeah the vet said the toothbrush is a challange at times and a finger works better! She said I didnt have to clean with paste daily but that I should wipe of their teeth and gums with paper towel to remove any excess plaque (this suggested daily)! Im bad... I haven't done either yet!
post #11 of 15
raven likes malt flavored toothpaste, and has his own electric toothbrush. he licks the toothpaste off, then bites the brush a few times. then he's done. the other 2 aren't interested.
post #12 of 15
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Wow that's one tolerant kitty! Mine treat the method like its torture and thats just having their gums wiped off!
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by mybabyphx View Post
I don't brush my cat's teeth. Is that a bad thing? Should I be? I think having to brush your cats teeth daily is a little extreme isn't it??
well you have to keep their teeth cleaned or else you will be spending lots of money on dentals. well you should still do dentals here and there when the cats get older, but you really will if you don't do anything to keep them clean in the first place.
post #14 of 15
I work at a dental office. I do think that it is very important to keep up with our cats dental care. I use a toddler size soft tooth brushe with water only a few times a week. My kitties have nice clean teeth and healthy gums.
post #15 of 15
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Oh I know it is important! My older one already has slight traces of gingivitis! think it's time to start brushing!
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