Cat oral hygiene at home can be especially challenging for owners. Did you know that up to 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats will experience the beginning stages of periodontal disease by age three? That's a huge percentage considering that oral health is easy to maintain! Here's how:

Cat Teeth Cleaning: Before beginning an at-home oral care plan, you may want to have a dental cleaning done by your veterinarian so you know you've got a fresh start. During a cleaning, your veterinarian will first flush your cat's teeth with a solution that kills the bacteria in his mouth and then use special ultrasonic scalers to clean the teeth above and below the gum line.

Getting Started: Examine your cat's mouth and teeth regularly. Stay on the look-out for plaque, tartar and any signs of periodontal disease. If you're not sure what to look for, ask your veterinarian to tell you about reddening of the gums, bad breath and yellow-brown crust (tartar) along the gum line.

Pick A Familiar Flavor Of Pet Toothpaste: Veterinarians and pet care companies have created toothpastes just for cats. First, try one that's similar to your cat food's flavor and become more adventurous from there.

Pick A Product That Engages Their Teeth: A cat's natural instinct is to bite, and they may only crunch down once or twice before swallowing. Pick a product, like FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats that gives them multiple opportunities to bite to encourage more thorough cleaning.

Wellness Exams: Cats should see their veterinarian twice a year for wellness visits that include oral exams. Your veterinarian will be able to easily identify problems and work with you to ensure your at-home cleanings are working.