National Pet Dental Health Month has passed, but it's essential to maintain a year-round focus on oral care, writes Petplan co-founder and executive Natasha Ashton. Cleaning pets' teeth regularly at home is the best way to prevent serious dental and systemic health problems as well as avoid potentially expensive procedures later, Ashton writes. The American Animal Hospital Association says two-thirds of owners don't provide recommended dental care to pets and only 1% regularly brush their pets' teeth.

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