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Dental disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in cats. Seventy to ninety percent of cats have some level of dental disease. If left untreated, it can lead to health problems for your cat, ranging from bad breath, dental pain and loose teeth to systemic illnesses that can be life-threatening.

The most effective way to prevent dental disease is to brush your cat’s teeth. Ideally, you get your cat used to this when she’s still a kitten, but even older cats can learn to accept having their teeth brushed. You can read my account of how I trained Allegra and Ruby to accept having their teeth brushed here.

There are a lot of products on the market that claim to clean your cat’s teeth without brushing. I’ve found that few live up to their claims. I recently came across MAXI/GUARD Oral Cleansing Gel, and I’ll admit to being skeptical at first, assuming it was yet another product that over-promised results. When I asked my vet about it, she told me that she considers it a good product. Her only caveats were “will the cat tolerate it and will the guardian comply?”

Compliance wasn’t going to be a problem for me. I already brush Allegra and Ruby’s teeth once a day. The only question about adding this product (or substituting it for the C.E.T. toothpaste we’re currently using) was going to be whether they would accept it.

What is MAXI/GUARD Oral Cleansing Gel

The gel contains zinc ascorbate/taurine in an easy to administer, taste-free gel that adheres to the gums. It helps reduce the accumulation of plaque and tartar and  bad breath. Zinc ascorbate also stimulates collagen production. Collagen aids in repairing tissue.

How to use MAXI/GUARD Oral Cleansing Gel

This gel couldn’t be easier to use. After mixing the vial of granular ascorbic acid (vitamin C) with the gel, simple place a pea-sized drop on your index finger. Rub the gel briefly over the gum area above the outside back molars. Repeat on the opposite side. That’s it! The gel will stimulate the salivary glands, and provide a gentle bathing action throughout the oral cavity. There is no need to rub additional gel on multiple oral areas.

Neither Allegra nor Ruby showed any reaction to the gel that would indicate they don’t like the taste. Since they’re already used to me fussing with their mouths when we brush, they were totally fine with me rubbing the gel on their gums, but I would suspect even cats who don’t allow you to brush their teeth won’t have an issue with you rubbing a little gel on their gums. The whole application doesn’t take more than a couple of seconds.

I’ll be using MAXI/GUARD gel on a daily basis, and may even substitute it for the toothpaste we have been using.

Not a substitute for veterinary dental care

While this product is a great addition to your home dental care tool kit, it is not a substitute for regular veterinary dental exams and cleanings.

MAXI/GUARD Oral Cleansing Gel is available from Amazon with free shipping.

You can find more information about MAXI/GUARD at

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11 Comments on Review: MAXI/GUARD Oral Cleansing Gel

  1. Hello! I have been using this product for approximately one month on my FeLV+ young cat. He tolerates it and it seems to be working. At first, I applied the gel using my finger. I now apply it using a soft washcloth because my cat was biting in to my finger. Any thoughts on how to apply with my finger without my cat chomping down on it? Thanks!

  2. This sounds excellent and very easy to apply – getting into a cat’s mouth usually is a problem, as I’ve found to my cost. For our three older cats it’s probably too late now (and one of them has had a couple dental procedures anyway in her 15 years of life, the other two (at almost 17) never have….. like humans I suppose. Some do and some don’t. Our latest and youngest boy at four could probably benefit from it; I shall try it anyway – he’s not so bad at taking tablets anyway so probably will take happily to it. Thank you VERY much for all the information and for bringing this to our attention. Your two seem very happy with it ¬!

  3. I don’t feel cats need to whiten their teeth but I do agree they need to be brushed. If you can smell their breath it’s already too late. They probably have some periodontal disease going on. The action of brushing is sufficient but using a good tasting paste makes it more pleasant. I’ve been in the dental field for 35 years and work for a Periodontist. Pretty much seen it all. Teeth are teeth. Please brush your pets teeth often.

  4. I hate to admit it, but I can’t clean my cats’ teeth. They refuse to let my in their mouths. Maybe this product would be a little easier and less stressful for them.

  5. I’ve been using a product called Healthy Mouth, which is VOHC approved, and all my cats actually enjoy the taste of it. I have found it to be effective for bad breath and also whitening their teeth.

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