National Pet Dental Health Month

Pet Dental Health Month

Don't turn your nose to your pet's bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with th​e potential to damage not only your pet's teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.

To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month every February. Take part by learning more about  how you can improve the dental (and overall) health of your pets. 

Test yourself

How much do you know about your pet's dental health? Take our quiz to find out!


 Dr. Sheldon Rubin gives easy, step-by-step instructions on how to teach a dog or cat to accept a daily tooth brushing. He also describes healthy treats, and explains the true risks of periodontal disease in pets. 

Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs even though it's completely preventable. Dr. Cindy Charlier explains what periodontal disease is and how we can prevent our pets from getting it.


Show us your pets' pearly whites! Snap some photos of your pets' beautiful, and watch our Facebook page, where we'll be asking you to share those pictures with us and each other. You also can tweet or Instagram your photos with the hashtag #PetDental. Follow the hashtag to see snapshots of other pet smiles as well as oral health tips from the AVMA all month long.


Learn more about pet dental health, including how to take care of your pet's teeth year-round, and why anesthesia is important.



While February is National Pet Dental Health Month, dental health should be a daily ritual for pet owners all year long.