If your veterinarian has observed that your cat has poor dental health, if you have smelled an unpleasant odor coming from your cat’s mouth, or if you just want to do everything you can to keep your cat’s mouth healthy, you will want to learn to brush your cat’s teeth.

Just as we must brush our own teeth on a regular basis to keep them healthy, regular brushing improves the health of your cat’s teeth as well.

Many cats will allow brushing if a routine is introduced slowly and somewhat early in life.

You will need a toothbrush that is comfortable to use in the small areas of the mouth. You will also need special cat toothpaste. And if your cat has painful teeth, tartar, and/or gingivitis or if you’ve noticed a foul odor coming from your cat’s mouth, its teeth should be professionally cleaned before you begin a home-care routine.