Taking care of your dogs Teeth

It is vitally important to take care of your dogs teeth in order to ensure healthy teeth and gums and prevent dental disease.

Dental disease can lead to other health problems such as heart, lung and kidney disease. Make sure to take your dog to the vet once a year to have his teeth professionally cleaned.

Some Dental Diseases to look out for:

Gingivitis:  Inflamed Gums caused but plaque on your pets teeth

Halitosis:  Bad breath caused by bacteria in the mouth. Halitosis can be a sign of other underlying dental issues such as an infection or periodontal disease.

Periodontal Disease:  An infection between the teeth and gums that is caused by bacteria and food that builds up along the gums and forms plaque which ultimately forms tartar.

Proliferating gum disease:  A condition where the gum line grows over the teeth. Food or bacteria that are trapped under the gum can lead to infection which needs to be treated with antibiotics.

Dental Health at Home

Brushing your dog’s teeth regularly is the best way to ensure healthy teeth and gums.

  • Start slowly. First accustom your dog to having his mouth and teeth touched. Practice touching his teeth and muzzle whilst giving him treats and praise. This will help to build a positive association with being touched around his mouth. Once he is comfortable, introduce the toothbrush.
  • Always use a toothbrush specifically intended for dogs as well as canine toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste.
  • Lift the lip and brush the front teeth in gentle circular motions.
  • Slowly work your way towards the back teeth, still using gentle circular motions.
  • Make sure to clean the inside of the cheeks as well.
  • Be sure to reward your dog when you are finished to maintain that positive association.

If your dog refuses to allow you to brush his teeth, try squeeze a strip of doggy toothpaste onto his favourite chew toy and freeze.

Other ways to take care of your dogs teeth at home include dental chews and treats as well as toys designed to encourage chewing that cleans the teeth.



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