Dog Dental Care – How to Keep Their Teeth Healthy

Black labrador cleaning his teeth with a Lamb Foot
Bob cleaning his teeth with a Lamb Foot

So, dog dental care; we all agree our crafty canines need some help keeping their teeth healthy and clean, but it can be one of those things that are easily forgotten during our busy lives.

However, this month is special. It’s actually Pet Dental Health Month! It’s all about raising awareness about why dental health is so important for our dogs, and how we can better keep them in tip-top shape!

Due to the special month, we thought we’d take our own look at what you can do to keep your doggo’s teeth clean in a way that is actually fun and interesting for them! So let’s see what we can find out!

Dental Care is Serious Business

Like us humans, dog’s need to watch the plaque build-up on their teeth. Left for too long, it can lead to gum disease, which can then cause all kinds of nasty business.

When it is in a minor stage, it may simply present itself as bad breath. Not simple doggie breath either, much, much worse than that!

This stage is known as gingivitis. At this stage, things are reversible if care begins ASAP. But if left further, the disease will steadily progress to causing more permanent damage; such as tooth loss and weakening of the jaw.

It definitely should be a priority to prevent things from going that far! But what could you do to prevent such problems? Well, one of the best things you can do to remove plaque is to brush your dog’s teeth.

How to Brush a Dog’s Teeth

I know what you are thinking; my Fido might not be too keen at me coming at them with a toothbrush!

Sure, your dog might be weirded out at the process the first few times. But there are some things you can do to make the process pleasant and easy, for the both of you!

Cockapoo eating a cows ear
Say ‘aaaaaaaaaa’

First, flavoured toothpaste. Most toothpaste for dogs comes with a nice taste that the dog will enjoy!

Next, make sure you have a dog-specific toothbrush too. These range from finger brushes to ones that look similar to human toothbrushes. Here you can find a list of recommendations!

Now you have all the tools you need, it’s time to start! First, just try and get your dog used to the toothpaste. From there, let them examine and get used to the brush. Once they are fully comfy with both, you can try brushing a single tooth and seeing how they react.

If they act distressed, leave it for another time and try again. Over time, your dog should associate the process with positivity, and you will be able to accomplish more and more each session.

How Dog Dental Treats Can Help!

Just because brushing their teeth is one of the best things you can do, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use other methods as further protection. The healthier their teeth, the better!

Another thing that can significantly help is chewing! Just the act of gnawing can help to scrape off plaque. The best part is, many dogs love to chew! It’s a super fun way for them to keep their teeth in check.

Chocolate Labradoodle enjoying a beef tail
Stanley’s about to settle down with a beef tail

Why not take it a step further and give them one of our amazingly delectable chewy treats? Yes, we have chewy treats that can be brilliant for a dog’s dentistry! We recommend the Bull’s Pizzle; chewy, not too hard, and long-lasting, it will be well-loved by your dog and their teeth!

Other delightful treats we offer that can be beneficial for teeth include:

The main takeaway I’d like you to have from this short post is that while dog dental care sounds like something that may be a stressor, there are plenty of things you can do to make it a form of fun and play.

Let’s all take some extra time this month to think about how we could be caring for our doggo’s teeth better. I’d really love to hear your ideas on how to turn teeth care into something super fun!

That’s all from me this time, and happy Pet Dental Health Month!

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