According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 percent of dogs have some degree of dental disease by 3 years of age. Your dog doesn’t have to be a statistic. Here are some ways to prevent dental disease:
Brush your dog’s teeth
- Choose the right toothbrush—There are dog toothbrushes that closely resemble human toothbrushes, but they are smaller and have softer bristles. Some dogs better tolerate a finger toothbrush, which fits over your finger and gives you the ability to access some of those hard-to-reach teeth.
- Use a dog-friendly toothpaste—Fluoride is toxic to dogs, so never use a human toothpaste on your pup. There are many pet-friendly options (and they often come in flavors your dog will love, like beef or poultry). If you’d rather make your own, mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with 1 teaspoon water.
- Wear him out—Brushing your dog’s teeth will usually be easier if he’s tired and calm. Take him for a long walk or let him run around the dog park for a while before attempting to clean his teeth.
- Brush his teeth—Working in circular motions, you’ll begin in the back of the mouth and move toward the front. Focus on the outside surface of each tooth because that’s where most of the plaque and tartar will build up. If he tolerates it, then work on the inside surface of each tooth.
- Don’t force it—If your dog shows signs that he is scared or uncomfortable, stop brushing, give him affection, offer a treat, and try again tomorrow.
Or let our experienced team of veterinary professionals take care of it for you! We are skilled at delivering preventative dental care procedures to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy and reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Dental X-Ray gives us a behind the scenes look at tooth health. We use modern and safe ultrasound technology to clean each tooth thoroughly, both above and below the gum line. Our dental technicians then polish the teeth and deliver a fluoride treatment to strengthen enamel and reduce sensitivity.
Give food, treats, and toys that promote oral health
There are some dog foods and treats specifically formulated to address dental disease in dogs. Chew toys can help prevent plaque buildup.
Come in and see us!
While it is great to brush your dog’s teeth and give them treats that promote strong clean teeth it is still necessary for them to come in for regular dental visits!
It is important that you take an active role in your pet’s dental care. Together we’ll work hard to help your pet achieve a clean, healthy smile for life!