Keeping your pet's pearly whites and mouth healthy comes with many benefits. Most notably, periodontal disease and gingivitis are kept at bay with a regular dental cleaning. There are as many methods for dental care as there are benefits, from chew toys and treats designed to break down plaque and target, to sprays and gels which include enzymes to help protect them from plaque build-up to daily tooth brushing. Regularly brushing your pet's teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings.
Most dogs will accept tooth brushing with some encouragement. Using toothpaste with enzymes to keep plaque from building up is suggested and there are many flavors available. You may need to start out slowly, and increasing the amount of time you spend brushing until your dog is comfortable with the process. A treat reward can often make the tooth brushing process more pleasant and less stressful. Cats can be a bit more resistant, so patience, persistence, and training are important.