When it comes to keeping our dogs healthy, many owners can overlook the importance of oral hygiene for their dogs. Since the main sign of dental disease is bad breath, it often goes unnoticed by owners because we simply think that bad breath is something dogs just have. Our White House vets will provide you with five tips to keep your dog's teeth clean.
Periodontal disease can cause some serious health issues for our dogs, so it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene. Untreated dental disease can cause tooth loss, painful abscesses, and systemic infections throughout your dog’s body. When it comes to an increased risk of permanent jaw damage and heart disease, it can sound scary but there are things you can do to prevent these things from happening. Check out what our White House Animal Hospital vets think are the best ways to clean your dog's teeth.
Possibly the best way to maintain your dog’s oral health is to have a professional cleaning by a veterinarian. Your White House vets know what’s best for your dog’s teeth and will be able to address any issues.
Professional dental cleaning is the best way to maintain your dog’s dental hygiene. Your veterinarian is experienced in preventing, locating, and treating any issues that might go unnoticed by even the most dedicated dog owner. If there is one option you choose to promote your dog’s dental health, we suggest visiting your vet for a professional exam.
Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth
Brushing your dog’s teeth is an excellent way to prevent plaque buildup. You don’t need to brush your dog’s teeth daily, although the more often the better.
Most dogs do not like brushing their teeth at first, but you can easily train your dog to have its teeth brushed the same way you would have his nails trimmed.
There are several options you can take when brushing your teeth. First, you’ll want to get toothpaste made specifically for dogs. This is because toothpaste for humans contains ingredients that are toxic to our pets. Plus, dog toothpaste comes in chicken or peanut butter flavors.
Ask your veterinarian about what’s best, and see what you and your dog prefer.
Dog Tooth Wipes
For those that are unable to brush teeth or simply want to switch up their dog's cleaning techniques, dog dental wipes can work wonders.
Tooth wipes are made to be rubbed against your dog’s teeth to help remove plaque.
Wipes work well but they are not able to get into the tiny nooks and crannies that a brush does. Still, they are a great way to clean your pet’s teeth in between other cleanings.
There are hundreds of different types of dog chews, but almost all of them have teeth-cleaning properties.
The act of chewing benefits your dog’s oral health. The chewing scrapes plaque off your dog’s teeth, and many all-natural chews are made from meat that contains enzymes that help promote dental health. Chews like cow ears, bully sticks, and chicken strips are a great way to keep your dog happy and healthy.
If you’re looking for something without any calories, there are much long-lasting rubber or nylon dog chew toys that work well and are available in nearly every pet store.
Dog Dental Treats
Dogs love treats, and dental treats for dogs are a very good way to improve your pup’s dental health.
These treats are made specifically to remove plaque buildup and often contain ingredients that freshen breath and clean your dog’s mouth.
They are generally much more loved by our dogs than a toothbrush or tooth wipes, and they do a great job of keeping our dog’s mouths clean. These treats come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors, and you are sure to find something your dog loves.
If you are concerned about your dog's oral health please contact our White House Animal Hospital vets to book an appointment.