How can I keep my dog’s teeth healthy?

Posted on: September 09, 2013

Dental Health and Your Dog

Do dogs need their teeth brushed regularly? Do they need to see a dog dentist? It can be confusing to know where to start when it comes to maintaining healthy teeth for your dog. Nonetheless, promoting your dog’s oral hygiene is essential to keeping him comfortable and in good health. We created some guidelines to help you get started.

Getting Used to Tooth Care

If possible, get your dog accustomed to having his teeth cleaned at home on a regular basis when he’s still a puppy. To start, gently rub his teeth with a soft cloth or a child’s soft toothbrush, and use a toothpaste specially formulated for dogs.

Avoid Human Toothpaste

Do not use toothpaste made for humans. Because pets swallow rather than spit out the preparation, this can cause stomach upset.

Tooth-Friendly Dog Foods

Dry, crunchy foods can also be helpful in keeping teeth clean. As the dog chews, particles from the dry food scrape against his teeth, acting like a toothbrush to help remove plaque.

We hope this helped you feel more empowered to promote your dog’s oral health. 

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