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Of course you do.

Would you believe me?

Oral hygiene is often overlooked until your vet lets you know it’s time for a professional cleaning, but dental tartar slowly builds up and damages gums, bone and the ligaments that hold the teeth in place. This bacteria can gain access to the blood stream and infect vital organs like the heart, lungs and kidneys. And advanced dental disease hurts and makes pets feel sick.

When I first heard about this, I was thrilled because there’s nothing I want more than my Georgia to live a long and healthy life. So when her permanent teeth came in, I tried brushing them and failed. It wasn’t that she fought me, it was that I was a complete klutz poking around trying to aim with a toothbrush. I got nowhere fast.

And my method is so easy! All I do is apply C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste to my thumb and forefinger and quickly pass over each tooth. It takes less than a minute, and she even loves the taste!

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Georgia is 6 1/2 years old and has beautiful pearly white teeth. Her vet says she may never require a professional cleaning if I continue using my method of brushing.

This makes me so happy because I don’t want to take the risk of putting her under anesthesia to allow the vet staff to perform a professional cleaning. It would also involve unnecessary antibiotics prescribed after the cleaning.

Even for dogs who only have this procedure done a handful of times throughout their lives, it’s a lot of exposure to unnecessary chemicals.

Of course, you can always opt for anesthesia-free dental cleaning, but this means your pet must be physically restrained, some at higher levels than others, which causes an undue amount of stress that can lead to an extremely traumatic experience. And even then, it is impossible to do a deep enough scraping.

Along with regular brushing, I recommend feeding only fresh or fresh frozen food. Avoid commercial dog food, including treats. Dry food is very high in carbohydrates, and if you feed fresh meat and vegetables, your pets are less likely to develop tartar on their teeth.

A pet with healthy teeth and gums has the best chance of avoiding chronic illness and living a happy, healthy life full of sweet scented doggy kisses.

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