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The Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Teeth in Shape

Dog with tongue out

You may not realize that canine oral health is a key part of their overall well-being. Dental disease in dogs can lead to life-threatening health issues like heart, liver, and kidney disease, which is why it’s vital to keep their dental needs at the forefront of your daily routine. Doing so is easy, if you know the right tricks.

1. Brush Thoroughly and Frequently

Investing in a doggy toothbrush will make it easier to reach the tough spots with its angled handle and soft bristles. Canine toothpaste is another must-have, as it features fun flavors like beef and peanut butter that will have your dog craving more. Different dog breeds demand different brushing schedules, but sticking to two-to-three times a week is typically sufficient.

2. Use Dental Additives

Doggy dental additives come in various forms, always check with your veterinarian before giving any to your dog. You can add some liquid to their water, mix powder into their food, or even use a dental spray in a bad breath emergency. Ultimately, they all have the same goal– to fight plaque and tartar build-up while boosting healthy oral bacteria.

3. Offer Chew Toys

Chew toys are another excellent way to passively promote healthy teeth. Besides distracting your dog from other chewable objects like your shoes, chew toys scrape the plaque off their teeth as they gnaw away.

4. Opt for Dog Dental Chews Over Other Treats

Chances are, giving your dog treats is part of your daily routine. Occasionally swapping out their normal treats for dental chews will help reduce tartar accumulation and help keep your dog’s teeth sparkling.

5. Visit Your Veterinarian 

Veterinarians can perform deep cleans that standard brushes simply can’t. By seeing a professional one to two times a year, you’ll ensure your puppy’s teeth and gums are in top shape. 

Contact your veterinarian for further guidance on how to best take care of your puppy’s oral health.