This is a topic I think is unfortunately often over-looked when it comes to Pet Parents. Most parents focus on the food, weight and flea control of their pets and they forget, or don't realize that dental health is essential to a healthy pet! Here's why:
1) By the age of 2, most dogs have periodontal disease that could easily be avoided by teeth brushing.
2) Periodontal disease can lead to an array of terrible diseases and afflictions, like halitosis, gingivitis, tooth loss and even heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease and blood infections.
3) Teeth brushing can help cut back on that terrible "old dog" mouth smell that many older pets have.
4) Professional teeth cleaning in older pets can be expensive and often requires the pet to be anesthetized. This is expensive AND dangerous, especially for older dogs.
For all these reasons and more, teeth brushing is important and essential... and it's pretty easy too!
In any case, keeping a regular dental routine is important, but it's not a substitute for an actual dental visit, especially as your pet gets older. However, regular teeth brushings and dental care can help keep your pet health, happy and best of all- no bad breath!