Dental health is an important part of your dog’s overall wellness and should not be overlooked. However, if there is somewhere dog owners find themselves slacking, it’s usually in the dental health department. This is because keeping your dog’s teeth clean has been emphasized relatively recently and a lot of people are simply unaware of the risks. However, just like people, there are many oral diseases that dogs can and do get that could lead to even greater problems down the road. While a yearly dental cleaning is likely recommended by your veterinarian, there are also things we can do at home to help keep our dog’s teeth squeaky clean.
#1 – Brush Those Teeth
Brushing teeth is probably the most effective way to prevent dental disease and tooth decay. Unfortunately, it’s not always the easiest thing to do. Don’t feel discouraged if the first time doesn’t go as planned – many dogs and puppies need to start out slowly. It’s an odd sensation for them. With a little positive training you’ll be able to brush your dog’s teeth without issue. Choose the right toothbrush and only use a dog-specific toothpaste (human toothpaste contains ingredients toxic to dogs). Brushing your pup’s teeth will remove and prevent plaque and tartar build up and keep your dog’s dental health in tip-top shape. While brushing every day is ideal, even once or twice a week will benefit your dog.
#2 – Utilize Dental Chews
Quality dental chews can benefit your dog’s overall health and well-being. They are a great addition to your dog’s dental hygiene routine. The chewing action buffs off plaque and tartar. Good dental chews will include ingredients that help prevent further build-up and make your dog’s breath fresher. Plus, most dogs absolutely love a good dental chew! They are a delicious treat that your dog won’t even know is healthy and a good long-lasting chew to keep their minds occupied too. Dental chews are one of the easiest ways to improve your dog’s dental health and we think the dogs agree.
Be careful when considering a quality chew however, as many products contain questionable ingredients, or excessive fat or calories. (Our own research led us to develop these Triple Enzyme Dental Chews.)
#3 – Feed Quality Food
Feeding a high-quality, healthy dog food is an excellent way to keep your dog’s oral health in check. Nourishing the body means that teeth will grow stronger and your dog’s overall health will benefit greatly. Avoid ingredients like grains, by-products and meals that are unhealthy and stick to your dog’s teeth. Poor-quality foods will increase plaque and tartar build-up and keep your pet’s dental health and immune system functioning far below their ideal strength. Whole foods with natural ingredients often contain enzymes and other supplements that help break down unwanted build-up on teeth, but even dogs fed high quality, natural diets should have their teeth brushed and dental health checked regularly.
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