Issue 5: February 09
Dear Dr. Schelling,

Why should I brush my cat's teeth?


Dear Dr. Schelling,

My cat won't accept the toothbrush, not to mention . . . how will I find the time?
These two excellent questions are perfect for February, which is National Pet Dental Health Month.

As to why you should brush your cat's teeth . . . Imagine what would happen if you never brushed your own teeth! Plaque and food residue build up quickly, and over time these accumulated deposits damage your teeth and gums, causing odor, infection, pain, and tooth loss. This scenario is a reality for many housecats. Studies show that by as early as age three, 85% of cats have some form of gum disease.

So how do you incorporate kitty tooth-brushing into your already-busy life? It may be easier than you think. With some patience and practice, a one-minute daily routine can have a big impact on your cat's long-term health.

In this new article I present more in-depth reasons for brushing your cat's teeth, and lay out a simple plan for getting kitty to accept – possibly even enjoy – this very worthwhile preventive health measure.

-Dr. Schelling

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