The American Veterinary Dental Society recommends that pet owners follow three basic steps:
Take your pet to the veterinarian for a dental exam. If you have never taken your pet for a dental exam, make an appointment today. If it's been awhile since your last visit and you suspect a problem, it is better to make sure and go than to wait for the annual checkup
Begin a dental care regimen at home.
Your veterinarian can suggest steps that may include brushing your pet's teeth. One of the most convenient and effective ways to combat oral disease is feeding specially formulated foods proven effective in combating plaque and tartar buildup in pets.
Schedule regular veterinary checkups.
These are essential in helping your veterinarian monitor the progress of your pet's dental health routine. Your veterinary health care team can help you schedule the appropriate visits.