Dental Care for Dogs

Did you know that a clean healthy mouth is as important to your dog’s overall health as it is to yours?  Providing dental care to your dog will help increase his overall health and help contribute to a longer life.

 Neglecting your dog’s teeth and gums, can lead to tarter build up, halitosis, tooth loss, and pain.  Your dog can experience heart problems and kidney trouble due to neglected teeth and gums.  The good news is there are many easy things you can do at home to prevent your dog from having these health problems.

Prevention of Dental Issues

Here are some simple steps you can take to ensure your dog’s dental health.

  1.  Brush your dog’s teeth.  Use a special toothbrush or finger brush with dog toothpaste on it.  Just like humans, proper brushing is paramount to keeping your dog’s teeth healthy.  Begin the process slowly and gently.  Use the finger brush first, and take care not to get nipped!  You can find dental care kits at pet stores nationwide.
  2. Daily brushing is recommended.  It is a good idea to brush daily.  If you can’t, at least once or twice a week is better than nothing at all.  Experts recommend developing a routine for brushing.  For example, brush your dog’s teeth after you brush yours.
  3. Ask your Vet or Vet technician to show you how to brush the teeth.  The advice they give you will make this process much easier for all parties involved.
  4. Practice good eating habits.  It is advisable to not fill your dog up with processed treats and junk food.  If you are going to give your dog a biscuit, let it be one that is labeled for dental health.  These treats are readily available at your local pet store or Veterinarian’s office.
  5. Do not use human toothpaste or toothbrushes.  The additives in human toothpaste can make your dog very sick.  In addition, most dog toothpastes are flavored with poultry or beef seasoning.  You certainly won’t want to brush your teeth with that!

The bottom line is there are many simple and inexpensive steps you can take to help your dog live a long, healthy, and happy life.  Be sure to have your dog visit the vet at least once a year for a checkup