I came across a short news article talking about the importance of making sure your pet gets adequate dental care. The news blurb references a veternarian at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine who notes that it’s important to be proactive when dealing with pet dental problems and to have a good rapport with your own vet regarding your pet’s teeth.
Briefly, the article suggests a few preventive methods for making sure your pet’s teeth don’t become diseased. They recommend testing on a regular basis, prompt treatment for pet dental problems, cleaning to remove tartar buildup from pet teeth, and the use of “dental-friendly” treats in your own home. In particular, using treats that have been shown to help reduce tartar seem like a good bet because you’re probably going to be giving your pet treats anyhow. The article cautions against using toothpaste on pet teeth unless it is the type specially made for them. I’ve seen these pet toothpaste tubes at the pet store and they come in all sorts of flavors.