Dental care in dogs is just as important as it is for us. Excessive plaque doesn’t just lead to bad breath; it can also cause gum infections, tooth loss, and if too severe, can even lead to systemic infections and heart problems.
You can find special toothpaste made just for dogs at any pet supply store. Work slowly to get your dog accustomed to having their teeth brushed. Only use a toothbrush designed for dogs. These are made to fit in all the little crannies in a dog’s mouth, and they have extra-soft bristles.
Chewing is also an important part of oral hygiene for dogs. To maximize this benefit, there are toys meant to help clean a dog’s teeth as they chew. Provide your dog with a few of these toys to keep their pearly whites as healthy as can be!
It’s important to make sure you schedule your dog for routine dental cleanings with your veterinarian. They will check for cracked or loose teeth, plaque build-up that brushing can’t remove, and any signs of dental or oral disease.