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Vet Q&A: Dr. Jaleesa Scott Answers Your Questions on Pet Dental Care

As a devoted pet parent, you know caring for your pet also means caring for their teeth. After all, dental problems not only can cause lots of pain, but also can lead to dental disease and other health issues. But how exactly do you keep those pearly whites so white? And what’s the deal with stinky dog breath? Yuck!

We spoke with Dr. Jaleesa Scott, DVM, of Kindness Animal Hospital in Cape Coral, Florida, to answer your questions about pet dental care.


How do I get rid of my dog’s bad breath?

A: Getting rid of a dog's bad breath may be a little tough, especially if they have dental disease. So, proper dental care, dental diets, dental chews and dental cleanings from your veterinarian [can help].

Learn more about proper dental care.


How often should I brush my dog’s teeth?


So, like with our own dental care, you need to brush your dog's teeth at least once a day, twice if possible. If not possible, then dental diets, dental chews, and even water additives can help reduce the tartar buildup.

Learn how to properly brush your dog’s teeth.


Should I brush my cat’s teeth?


That's a tricky one! Should you brush your cat's teeth? Yes, if they let you!

Learn how to properly brush your cat’s teeth.


Why does my dog chatter their teeth?


If they're chattering their teeth, they probably have pain, dental disease or even some behavioral problem.

Editor’s note: Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about this!


When will my puppy stop teething?


Puppies should stop teething once their adult teeth are fully erupted, and so that's around 8 months of age.

Learn more about puppy teething.

So there you have it! Just like in humans, pet dental care is an important part of overall wellness. Happy brushing!

Have more questions about pet dental care?

Check out:

Dog Dental Cleaning: What You Should Know

Cat Dental Cleanings: Are They Necessary?

Tips for Fighting Bad Cat Breath

By: Chewy Editorial