• Brushing
  • Checkups
  • Nutrition

Care for your pet's teeth every day

A complete home dental care program for pets will often include brushing as well as a special pet food, such as Hill's® Prescription Diet® t/d® Oral Health, which works like a toothbrush to protect against gingivitis and fight bacteria in your pet's mouth. Even if you aren't able to brush your pet's teeth every day, by incorporating a special pet food like t/d into your pet's daily routine, you can provide the dental care needed to keep your pet healthy.

4 Steps for Cat Dental Care
4 Steps for Dog Dental Care

4 Steps to Cat Dental Care

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Step 1: Get Comfortable
  • Set expectations that getting used to brushing might take several sessions, so reward your pet through the training process and remember to keep it positive and be patient.
  • Practice lifting their lip to see their teeth and reward with praise.
Step 2: Try Toothpaste
  • You can wrap your index finger in gauze or use a finger toothbrush.
  • After your cat is comfortable, lift her lip and gently rub the pet toothpaste over her teeth and gums.
Step 3: Toothbrush Time
  • Introduce the toothbrush provided by your veterinarian.
  • If desired, place a small amount of pet toothpaste on the brush and gently start brushing. Hint: Pet toothpaste, chicken broth and tuna juice can make it more acceptable for your cat.
Step 4: Brushing Success
  • Brush teeth and gums gently and finish with bottom front teeth.
  • Focus on the outside of the teeth — the surface facing the cheek is most prone to plaque and tartar buildup.
  • When finished, offer her praise and plenty of love. Let your cat know what a great pet she is and make brushing a positive experience.
Step 1: Get Comfortable
  • Set expectations that getting used to brushing might take several sessions, so reward your pet through the training process and remember to keep it positive and be patient.
  • Practice lifting their lip to see their teeth and reward with praise.
Step 2: Try Toothpaste
  • You can wrap your index finger in gauze or use a finger toothbrush.
  • After your dog is comfortable, lift his lip and gently rub the pet toothpaste over his teeth and gums.
Step 3: Toothbrush Time
  • Introduce the toothbrush provided by your veterinarian.
  • If desired, place a small amount of pet toothpaste on the brush and gently start brushing.
Step 4: Brushing Success
  • Brush teeth and gums gently and finish with bottom front teeth.
  • Focus on the outside of the teeth — the surface facing the cheek is most prone to plaque and tartar buildup.
  • When finished, offer him praise and plenty of love. Let your dog know what a great pet he is and make brushing a positive experience.

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