Doggy Dental Care
Just like the rest of your family, it’s important to keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy, and you should introduce him to dental care at a very young age during your at home training sessions.
Maintain a Healthy Smile
• Start gently lifting your dog’s lip and rubbing his teeth and gums as early as possible, so he's used to having your fingers in his mouth when he gets older.
• Use toothpaste that’s specially formulated for dogs. They even come in meat and other dog-friendly flavors to make brushing more enjoyable. Don’t use human toothpaste; it can be harmful.
• Gently rub your dog's teeth with a soft cloth or a doggy-toothbrush. Dry, crunchy foods such as Purina® Puppy Chow® brand Puppy Food and Purina® Dog Chow® brand Dog Food can help keep teeth clean by scraping against the teeth, which helps reduce tartar build-up.
• Like we have routine visits with the dentist, your dog will still need dental care from a veterinarian on a regular basis.
Problems that begin with your dog’s teeth can cause everything from bad breath to trouble eating, and even infections that reach other parts of the body.
Be on the lookout for these common signs of dental problems:
• Aversion to eating
• Red, swollen or bleeding gums
• Blood in the saliva
• Yellow-brown tarter at the gum line
• Broken teeth
• Stinky breath
This is why it’s so important to establish regular dental cleanings both at home and at the veterinarian's office. If these problems already exist and have gotten beyond the point of a simple brushing, visit your veterinarian.