Proper dental care is an important part of maintaining your dog’s overall health. Here are some vet-approved tips for providing dental care at home for your pup:
1. Brush your dog’s teeth regularly
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste specifically formulated for dogs to brush your dog’s teeth daily if possible. If your dog is resistant to tooth brushing, you can use a finger brush or a piece of wet gauze wrapped around your finger.
2. Use dental treats and toys
Dental treats and toys can help clean your dog’s teeth and freshen their breath. Look for treats and toys that are specifically designed for dental health and carry the OVHC seal of approval.
3. Provide plenty of fresh water
Water can help rinse away plaque and food particles from your dog’s teeth. Make sure your dog has access to clean, fresh water at all times.
4. Have your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned annually
It is a good idea to have your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned by a veterinarian at least once a year. This procedure is known as a dental prophylaxis and involves a comprehensive oral examination, ultrasonic and hand scaling of all the teeth, and full-mouth dental radiographs.
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By following these tips, you can help keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy and prevent dental problems such as gum disease and tooth loss. It is important to note that regular dental care is an essential part of your dog’s overall health and can help prevent other health issues that may be related to dental problems.
Taking care of your pet’s teeth at home and scheduling routine, anesthetized cleanings with a skilled veterinary dentist are the only ways to prevent periodontal disease. To schedule your pet’s next dental cleaning, contact us today.