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Everyday Tips for Dental Health in Dogs

Written by: Helena Lawrence

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Time to read 3 min

Imagine never brushing your teeth?! That gross feeling of plaque and bacteria building up, leading to gum disease, tooth loss, and costly dental bills! Not pleasant, right? Well, guess what? Our doggies go through the same thing! That's why it's so important to understand as much as possible about dog dental health.


But fear not, because we're here to make dog dental care a walk in the park!

What is Dog Dental Disease?

Let's talk about dog dental disease. It's actually pretty common, with 80% of dogs over the age of 3 experiencing it. But what exactly is it? Dental disease progresses in stages.


First comes the buildup of plaque and tartar around their teeth and gums, causing gingivitis. If left untreated, it can escalate into more serious periodontal disease (gum disease). This can lead to infection spreading deeper into the tooth socket, bone destruction, loose teeth, and eventual tooth loss.

Reasons why Dog Dental Health is so Important

Dental disease can not only be very painful for your dog, but it can also cause irreversible damage therefore prioritising your dog’s dental care is of upmost importance.

Below are 6 reasons why you need to make sure you are taking care of those little pearly whites:


Preventing tooth loss – By practicing good dental hygiene with your dog, you are helping the structures supporting the teeth to stay strong and healthy. Long term infection and damage may cause teeth to fall out.


Preventing oral pain – Gingivitis and periodontal disease both can cause pain.


Preventing bad breath – A whiff of bad doggy breath is a sign that bacteria is building up. Regular cleaning will help keep this at bay.


Preventing organ damage - Research has shown that dogs with periodontal disease are more likely to develop heart, kidney and liver failure.


Preventing worsening dental disease – It can be difficult to prevent dental disease from occurring as most dogs tend to have it by the age of 3 however good dental care can help stop it from worsening.


To save money in the future – Working on your dog’s dental care now rather than in the future when problems have developed will not only give you peace of mind but also help your bank balance in the long run.


Factors that Impact Dog Dental Health

Are you worried about factors that could contribute to poor dental health for your dog? Aside from the obvious lack of home dental care, there are other factors that could cause periodontal disease, including:


Specific breeds - toy breeds and dogs with short muzzles are prone to overcrowding of teeth and dental misalignment.


Immune system health – a healthy immune system contributes to a healthy mouth.


Age – the older your dog, the longer period of time periodontal disease has had to do it’s damage.


8 Signs of Dental Disease in Your Dog

There are some symptoms of periodontal disease that are quite easy to spot. Keep an eye open for any of the below and seek treatment if you suspect your dog is suffering:

  • Bad breath that’s noticeably worse than normal
  • Rubbing or pawing at their mouth
  • Pain when you try to examine their teeth
  • Red / swollen / inflamed gums
  • Fussiness with food
  • Irregular chewing i.e. from one side, or dropping food from their mouth
  • Broken or loose teeth
  • Gradual loss of interest in playing with or chewing toys

If you do spot any of these signs, it is best to book a dental exam at the vets.

2 Easy Ways to Help Improve Your Dog's Dental Health

There are easy ways in which you can promote better dental health for your dog including:


Brush their teeth regularly - Reducing and controlling plaque by brushing your dog’s teeth regularly. Don't forget to use specific products designed for dogs, especially dog friendly toothpaste as human toothpaste can be toxic to dogs.


Alternatively, if your dog isn't a fan of having their teeth brushed you can use a plaque remover powder like Clean Canines which can be added to their food and helps reduce plaque and freshen doggy breath; a much more cost effective alternative to a costly vet bill!


Healthy Dog Chews - Offering chewy treats to help scrape plaque from teeth such as natural dog chews and dried meats – these encourage a good chewing action! Are you worried about adding additional calories to your dog’s diet? Nylon and rubber chews are also great to help get rid of plaque. Avoid hard plastic toys that could damage the teeth.


Wrap your head around these dog dental care do's and don’ts and get ready for a lifetime of health, happiness, and huggable halitosis-free hounds. Your doggy’s dazzling smile will be the talk of the town (or the dog park)!

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