At-Home Dog Dental Care

Dog dental care can be performed at home and is essential in preventing major oral health problems such as gum and periodontal disease. Brushing the dog's teeth should be performed on a daily basis and the dog should also receive some chew treats and toys that will help avoiding the buildup of plaque and tartar.

Dental Hygiene Essentials

Gum disease and tooth decay may be prevented through daily brushing of teeth. Dogs are known as uncooperative when it comes to teeth brushing, so you need to learn how to make him cooperative.

Choose a toothbrush with soft hair. You may use a children's toothbrush or a pet toothbrush. Get some vet toothpaste. Choose your dog's special flavor: fish, liver, turkey or chicken. Dogs are not attracted to minty toothpastes. Don't use human toothpastes or baking soda, as these may create problems for dogs.

Brushing the Dog's Teeth

Before you start the brushing, give your dog a taste of the tasty toothpaste. Add some more paste on your finger and rub it on the dog's teeth and gums. Take the brush and gently rub the brush against the teeth. Start with the back side of the dog's mouth and advance toward the front. Make sure you brush below the gum line also.

The brushing takes about 30 seconds per day and prevents serious dental problems. If you fail to clean your dog's teeth, plaque may build up. Plaque can turn into tartar in less than 2 days and tartar cannot be removed with a toothbrush.

The buildup of tartar may lead to gum disease, tooth decay and periodontal disease. Dental abscesses or periodontal disease may lead to infections in other parts of the dog's body.

Brush your dog's teeth at about the same time of the day, so that you create a habit. Take your dog for a walk or give him a treat after brushing, so that he feels rewarded.

Start brushing your dog's teeth from early puppy hood.

However, your dog still needs professional cleaning about 2 times per year. Talk to your vet about professional cleaning.

Chew Treats and Toys

Dog chew treats and chew toys may also prevent dental problems. These chew treats and toys prevent the buildup of plaque or tartar by scraping off the deposits of food or plaque from the dog's teeth. Dogs like chew toys and adore treats, so use these in your dog's advantage.

Replace your regular treats with chew treats.

Include a few hard textured toys for your dog. Talk to your vet about the most suitable toys for your dog, as some toys may be too rigid and may cause teeth fractures.

Crunchy Diet

A crunchy diet is essential in preventing dental issues in dogs. Opt for dry, kibble food. This type of food will clean the dog's teeth, acting as an abrasive and will prevent the buildup of plaque.

If your dog eats wet food, you need to make sure he gets some dry treats daily.