Cleaning your pet's teeth is an essential part of pet ownership. It is important to maintain healthy gums and teeth for your dog as good dental health ensures good overall health in the long term.
Your dog’s teeth have a lot of work to do. Dogs use their mouths for more than just eating; they use them to play, explore and taste a lot of their surroundings too.
If dog’s teeth are not regularly cleaned, the plaque will build up and turn into tartar and can lead to inflammation and tenderness which could mean your dog is in pain whist trying to eat. It can also go on to cause gingivitis and gum disease.
As with most things in life, prevention is better than cure. You can start by brushing your dog’s teeth daily with a special dog toothbrush and toothpaste (don’t use human toothpaste as this contains chemicals that can be toxic to dogs). Giving your dog dental chews and a suitable complete kibble food will also have some effect in reducing plaque.
How to brush your dog’s teeth
Start getting your dog comfortable with having their teeth cleaned from as early an age as possible so that they associate this experience with a positive reward. To begin the training, choose a time when your dog is comfortable and relaxed, take it slowly, keep sessions short and stop while your dog is still happy.
When cleaning your dog's teeth, keep the session short and always end on a positive note by giving your dog a reward such as a dental stick.
If your dog’s teeth look like they have a large build-up of plaque you should seek the advice of your vet as they may need professional attention.