5 Tips to Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy !
26 February, 2018
Your dog’s dental health is important to maintain a happy, healthy dog. If you haven’t scheduled a cleaning for your dog’s teeth, it is time to check in with your veterinarian. Once your dog’s mouth is in good shape and healthy, there are many ways to keep your dog’s mouth and teeth healthy all year round.
You can always ask your vet for recommendations on which treats and chews that can keep your dog’s mouth healthy, but below are some overall tips to help:
1. Try dental diet-approved kibble and treats
Some dried foods and treats help keep your dog’s mouth in good form by scrubbing the teeth as your pet chews, while another group of foods includes additives that help keep plaque soft so it doesn’t form tartar. Check with your vet to see if a dental diet should be part of your dog’s oral health maintenance.
2. Look for the VOHC seal
The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) is an independent veterinary dental group that tests claims manufacturers make about their dental preventative products. After review, if a product is proven to help slow plaque and calculus formation, it’s awarded the VOHC seal. While there are certainly good oral health products available that don’t have the VOHC seal, the seal can be a reassuring place to start.
3. Chew toys are fun for your dog and great for your dog’s teeth
Good chew toys can help slow dental disease by their abrasive action. A good toy is bendable, softer than teeth, and not so small it can be swallowed whole. Look for Kongs and balls, bendable bones, and chew toys you can hide treats inside. Some vets like the thin, bendable rawhide. However, vets advise against thick, heavy rawhide “bones,” which can break or fracture a dog’s teeth, and may cause gastrointestinal problems if a dog swallows a large piece.
4. Look for approved mouth rinses
You can also slow the progression of gum disease in your dog’s mouth with dental rinses. These liquids contain chlorhexidine or other additives that help kill bacteria in your dog’s mouth. They’re available at most pet stores and as always, your vet can tell you if a rinse could help your dog’s dental health.
5. Brush your dog’s teeth
Just as we brush our teeth daily to avoid any dental issues, it is important to brush your dog’s teeth too. While your dog might need some time to get used to it, it can be extremely important for your dog’s dental health. Some tips to help to brush your dog’s teeth.
Implementing different chews, toys and/or brushing your dog’s teeth can help keep your dog’s teeth healthy and prevent gum disease.
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