It’s often one of the last things we do before going to bed and the first when we wake up after a long night’s sleep. When was the last time you set aside time to care for your cat’s personal hygiene? More often than not, dental hygiene becomes top of mind after a disease such as gingivitis, periodontitis, or tooth resorption is found and irritating your cat. A regular cleaning and cleansing of your cat’s teeth can be a great way and act of preventative care which would avoid such diseases, irritations, and frustrations for you and your cat. 

In fact, there aren’t a whole lot of different reasons why you should be cleaning your cat’s teeth and why we as humans clean our own. However, we want to point out that it is NEVER a good idea to use your own toothpaste on your cat’s teeth as well. Your veterinarian or local pet store will have the proper recommendations for you to use to keep your cat’s teeth clean and crisp. 

Depending on how your cat reacts to the toothpaste, there may be better alternatives to look into using proper hygiene and care. Additional options may include dental food and treats, water additives, and even dental gel. As with any good hygiene habit, practice makes perfect and as good habits are repeated the less likely it is that errors and issues will come to light later on down the road.