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Common Questions About Dental Care for Dogs

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Your dog’s teeth can affect their physical health, so it is just as important to take care of their mouths as it is the rest of their body. You may be wondering how to take care of their dental health. Keep reading to learn the answers to some common questions about dental care for dogs. 

Dogs have better oral health than humans, right?

Don’t subscribe to the myth that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human. Just like our teeth, they can get tartar and plaque accumulation, which can cause a buildup of bacteria in their mouths leading to inflammation and periodontal disease This is why it is important to maintain good oral hygiene with your pet by regularly brushing their teeth at home and taking them to the veterinarian for routine dental checkups or cleanings. 

How do I keep my dog’s teeth clean at home?

One important thing you can do at home to keep your dog’s teeth clean is brushing their teeth. It is recommended to brush daily, but at the minimum, try for one to three times a week. Using a pet specific toothbrush or finger brush, and a tasty dog toothpaste that comes in a variety of appealing flavors, start with just a few teeth and work up to more teeth as your dog is willing. Giving your dog dental treats and water additives for plaque prevention can also help to maintain good dental health between cleanings.

Is brushing my dog’s teeth at home enough?

The short answer is no. Brushing your dog’s teeth at home can minimize the chance of tartar and plaque buildup, but regular professional cleaning is the best way to prevent buildup. Your veterinarian can clean in places that you cannot reach when brushing at home, such as below the gumline. Additionally, they will check for cavities and any other issues with your pet’s teeth and gums. 

Do not delay and contact your veterinarian today to schedule your dog’s dental checkup today to keep your furry friend healthy.

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