This is a checklist and guide to ensuring your dog has a life of healthy smiles. Dental care is a routine to keep a dog’s mouth, teeth, and health in balance. Humans consider a daily routine of their own oral care a must, and it is important to remember this same outlook is necessary in regards to our dog’s oral hygiene.
The ASPCA recommends teeth brushing to avoid periodontal disease. The prevention of the disease is simply a routine of preventing tarter build up on teeth so your dog’s gums aren’t at risk.
Dogs and Healthy Smiles — Supplies
Basically all you will need is a tooth brush and tooth paste. Make sure what you use has been designed for dogs. Consider asking your veterinarian if there are brands he/she considers to be problematic. They would be the first to identify potential adverse effects of over the counter supplies for dogs.
In between brushing (perhaps at bedtime), we like to use the Dental Wipes to gently refresh his gums.
NOTE: Don’t use human toothpaste as it can be poisonous to dogs. For puppies, under the age of twelve weeks, use your finger when you begin to introduce your puppy to daily oral care. Then gradually begin to use a toothbrush designed for dogs. You can begin using a brush and water without toothpaste, and then gradually introduce toothpaste made for dogs.
Healthy Snacks Promote Healthy Smiles
The healthiest snacks you can give to your dog are going to help in the prevention of tarter buildup and address other issues as well. These are a few reasons we love our favorite dental treats.
- 1. For strong teeth, healthy gums & fresher breath
- 2. Wholesome ingredients including probiotics
- 3. Gluten free, no artificial preservatives or colors
- 4. Made with care in a USA bakery
Dogs and Healthy Smiles — Check Ups
Regular dental checkups are recommended. Take your dog to the veterinarian every six- twelve months. The check up is an essential preventative routine. Early detection of any problems can prevent serious issues.
Your veterinarian can provide dental checkups as part of your dog’s healthy dog checkup. Be sure to ask if they aren't already including this in your dog’s routine checkup appointment.
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