How to Take Care of Your Dog’s Teeth

Smelly breath and bad teeth seems almost inevitable in our furry friends.  Unfortunately, most of us don’t know how to, or are afraid, to take care of your dog’s teeth.  They don’t exactly have the hygiene regiment or requirements of humans, but it’s still important for health reasons to keep their mouths healthy and clean. As a bonus, you won’t have to smell their stinky breath anymore, either! Here are some tips for keeping your pet’s teeth and mouth squeaky clean:

1. Brush your dog’s teeth.

Most vets recommend that dog owners brush their pet’s teeth frequently with a special dog-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste. Just like for humans, brushing is one of the single most important things you can do to improve your dog’s dental health and ensure that they don’t develop dental issues as they age. However, not all dogs are comfortable with teeth brushing, and some dogs eat the toothpaste right off the brush! If teeth brushing hasn’t worked for you so far, there are other options available to make sure your pet’s mouth gets clean.

2. Get a professional cleaning.

For dogs that are resistant to brushing, it can be beneficial to get a professional cleaning once in while from a certified vet. The vet will put your dog under anesthesia and thoroughly clean their teeth and mouth to remove plaque and bacteria. This procedure can be pricey and could be a little more stressful for your pet, but their teeth will be sparkling afterward and easier to keep up on with some of these other options.

3. Get some dental dog treats.

Dog treats such as “Greenies” or other treat brands specifically designed to clean dogs’ teeth can be a great way to ensure that your dog’s teeth stay healthy and sound. These are easy and effective, and your dog will get an extra snack to boot! Some dogs don’t like these treats, however, and they don’t always get to those hard-to-reach places where plaque builds up.

4. Give your pet bones to chew.

Even more basic than special teeth brushing treats are simple old dog bones. While these bones might not look like anything fancy, they can amuse your dog for hours and help to clean their teeth and gums in the process. Make sure to supervise your dog with their bone, however, so that they don’t accidentally ingest any pieces that are too large!

A lot of dogs have unsavory breath and dirty teeth, but it doesn’t have to be that way! There are lots of easy and cost-effective solutions to keep your pet clean. While it might not seem like such a big deal now, your pet (and your wallet) will thank you later in life when they have a sound and healthy set of teeth!

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