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National Dental Care Month

National Dental Care Month


National Dental Care Month is celebrated in May to emphasize the importance of taking care of your dog’s teeth. It is an indispensable part of your pet’s overall health; proper dental care can prevent a variety of dental health issues such as periodontal disease. Here are ways you can keep your dog’s teeth healthy.

  1. Dental treats

These treats are designed to remove plaque from your dog’s teeth and contain ingredients that help clean and freshen your dog’s mouth. Using brushes and tooth wipes can be a hassle but giving your dog a treat is a friendly approach.

  1. Natural chews

For example, deer antlers or raw beef knees can tie your dog down for a long time while also cleaning their teeth.

  1. Tooth wipes

Dental tooth wipes for dogs remove what is on the surface of the tooth for instance bacteria and food. However, they are ineffective in cleaning out smaller places as compared to a toothbrush.

  1. Toothbrush

It is an excellent way to prevent plaque buildup. Dogs usually have a difficult time enjoying it at first but once it becomes part of their daily routine, they will get used to it.

  • Use only approved dog toothpaste (human toothpaste contains ingredients that are toxic to pets)
  • Use toothbrushes designed for your dog’s size
  • Brush your dog’s teeth often

  1. Routine teeth cleanings

Your veterinarian will be able to determine what is best for your dog's teeth and will be able to address any problems your dog may have. Professional dental cleaning is the most effective technique to keep your dog's teeth healthy.

Most common dental problems faced by dogs:

  • Bad breath
  • Chewing on only one side of the mouth
  • Food falling from dog’s mouth
  • Blood in the water bowl or on chew toys
  • Excessive drooling
  • When saliva, food particles, and bacteria come together on a dog's teeth, plaque forms. If left untreated, hard tartar develops, which can lead to tooth damage, gum disease, and other oral health problems.

Take your dog to the vet if you notice any of these signs of dental problems. Don’t let it lead to painful visits to the veterinarian, if the buildup is severe enough, many dogs will require anesthesia to have their teeth and gums cleaned. Look after your pet and keep their teeth healthy!