Brushing your pet’s teeth may sound silly, but it’s the best way to keep their mouth clean.
Dry dog foods and hard biscuits can help scrape the teeth clean, but brushing the teeth is the best option.
Starting to brush teeth when your pet is young can help with acceptance, but most pets can be acclimated to brushing over time.
Start by just putting your finger in the mouth and rubbing the gums gently with your finger. Dipping your finger in chicken or beef bouillon (for dogs) or tuna water (for cats) to entince them to allow you to put your finger in their mouth. Once they are comfortable with that, try wrapping your finger in gauze and lightly rubbing the teeth, focusing mostly on the gum line. Once they are comfortable with the gauze, try moving on to brushing.
Use a toothbrush designed for pets or get an ultra-soft tooth brush for humans. Never use toothpaste designed for people; always use a specially formulated dog/cat toothpaste to avoid upsetting their stomach. Try to hold the bristles of the brush at a 45 degree angle, and be sure to scrub the gum line where food particles can hide and odor and infection begin.