Five Steps Toward Good Dog Dental Health

Oral disorders are quite common in dogs who don’t have their dental health looked after regularly. Ensure your dog doesn’t fall into that category—use these five steps from your Briargate veterinarian to keep your dog’s mouth in tip-top shape!

Give a Sniff

Every so often, lean down and sniff your dog’s breath. We know—it’s not going to be exactly pleasant. However, an especially offensive, sour, or rotten odor could indicate medical issues like rotting teeth, periodontal disease, or gingivitis. Call your vet right away if you think your pooch’s mouth odor is worse than just regular doggie-breath!

Brushing Sessions

That’s right, you can brush your dog’s teeth. Pick up a dog-formulated toothpaste and toothbrush at a pet supply store. Begin by simply massaging your dog’s teeth and gums with a finger, then slowly introduce the paste and brush. When your dog is comfortable with the taste and smell, try brushing one tooth at a time. Go in small circular motions, and don’t proceed if your dog seems uncomfortable.

Consult your veterinarian for more advice on the tooth-brushing procedure, as well as recommendations on good doggie dental products.

Proper Diet

A great canine diet is the first line of defense against oral health issues. Pick one that promotes good oral health—many are formulated to cut back the formation of plaque and tarter. Don’t hesitate to ask your vet for a recommendation.

Chew Toys

Chew toys made of rubber, rawhide, or other strong materials are great for keeping your dog’s mouth healthy. Not only do they help scrape away tartar, they will massage the gums and give your dog a natural outlet for his habitual chewing desires. Just make sure the toys don’t have small, breakable pieces that a dog could choke on.

Veterinary Visits

Last but not least, regular veterinary visits are essential to keeping your dog’s oral health in check. This way, any problems can be found early and dealt with accordingly. Preventative medicine is always easier and cheaper than treatment! Set up an appointment with your Briargate veterinarian’s office to have your dog checked out today.