Daily brushing is the number one thing you can do to offset bacterial build up in your dog’s mouth and improve their overall health. But there’s more you can do. Combine the following recommendations with a new brushing routine, and you’re on your way.
So, what if your dog hasn’t had their teeth brushed since puppyhood? Begin the routine now and your dog’s health will be positively impacted. Get a head start by talking with your vet to see if your dog needs a dental cleaning to remove existing plaque and tartar build up. Many dog owners find that once they’ve established a daily oral routine, the initial cleaning is all they need. This, of course, depends on the individual dog, but it’s sure encouraging. Here’s our step-by-step guide on getting started.
Chewing is a natural behavior that can help keep teeth clean. Aim for a minimum of three 30-minute chew sessions per week to really help prevent plaque and tartar formation. Make sure any long-term chew is sized appropriately for your dog. If you have a very aggressive chewer, be sure to switch up the types of chew you offer to avoid your dog from wearing his teeth down.
Look for hard, chewable natural items to exercise the teeth, gums, and jaw. Products like:
Poor diets can contribute to a lack of mineral salts in the saliva that contribute to tartar. Feeding a diet appropriate for the carnivorous canine species that includes fresh foods rich in nutrients is best. We also recommend adding supplements to their daily meals.
While you’re brushing your dog’s teeth, smell their breath, look at their individual teeth, examine their gums, and don’t forget to look at their face! Contact your veterinarian immediately if you notice any swelling, foul odors, inflamed/red gums (gums should be light pink in color), or feel any lumps or bumps along their external jaw line.
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