Can you imagine what your teeth would look like if you didn’t brush them? We prevent dental disease by brushing our teeth. It’s no different for our dogs, without some type of daily dental care your pet will develop dental disease. Dr. Anna Coffin reveals dog dental care tips to help keep your pet’s teeth pearly white.
Dental disease starts when bacteria attaches to the tooth surface and begins to form plaque. If the plaque is not removed, it will harden and form tartar. The bacteria produces a toxin which causes tissue damage, dental disease and bad breath. Without dental care, your pet is at risk for loose teeth, kidney and heart disease.
Dr. Anna Coffin says it is important to perform some type of dog dental care every single day.
3 dog dental care tips
- Brushing: This is the very best way to prevent dental tartar. Anna Coffin recommends brushing only the outside surface of the teeth. To do this, hold your dog’s muzzle shut, place the toothbrush between the lips and teeth and move it back and forth. Don’t use human toothpaste as it contains fluoride and some contain xylitol which is toxic to pets. Here is a good instructional video on how to brush your pet’s teeth.
- Chewing: This is the second best method for prevention of dental tartar. Anna Coffin recommends VOHC approved treats because they have been proven to remove plaque and tartar buildup.
- Water additives/gels: This is the least effective method to prevent dental disease but it is better than nothing at all. Water additives should be dumped and refilled every day. These products contain chemicals that reduces plaque and tartar buildup. This type of dog dental care product is great for dogs in which owners are unable to brush their teeth and in dog’s that are not active chewers.
Guthrie Pet Hospital is offering free dental exams for the month of February, in celebration of Dental Health Month. Schedule your appointment today. You can also enter to win $100.00 worth of veterinary care, with the purchase of every dog dental care product you purchase from the clinic.