Another very important part of preventive dental health is regular dental exams as recommended by your veterinarian, generally at least once a year. Dental cleaning, before there is heavy tartar and gum inflammation, can prevent more serious problems and help your pet keep their teeth for a lifetime. As a bonus, a preventive dental cleaning costs as much as 75 percent less than dental treatment for infected, loose or broken teeth. How often your pet needs a preventive cleaning depends on many factors, but a daily home dental routine can extend the time between cleanings significantly.
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