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Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean with These Simple Steps

Having a dog is all fun and games until it’s time to brush their teeth. Only then will they show their fangs (or hide them away). The effort to keep their mouths clean is worth it, though. Poor oral hygiene in dogs can lead to heart, kidney, or liver disease, as well as affect their immune system. It’s easy for dogs to suffer from dental problems, too, as up to 80% will experience some degree of periodontal disease by the age of three.

Follow these steps to ensure top dental health for your dog:

1. Brush a Few Times a Week

We suggest brushing your pup’s pearly whites daily, or at the minimum two to three times per week. However, their breed ultimately dictates how many times they’ll need to be cleaned. Invest in a toothbrush with soft bristles so as to not irritate their gums, and pick a flavorful canine toothpaste (like chicken or peanut butter) so they’ll look forward to the experience. Using mouthwash helps to further kill bacteria.

2. Give Them Chew Toys

Chew toys kill two birds with one stone–they help distract your dog from gnawing away at other objects (like your shoes) while simultaneously scraping off plaque and tartar to guarantee their mouths stay healthy even on the days you don’t brush them.

3. Visit Your Veterinarian

Just like us humans, dogs need professional teeth cleanings to effectively clean out the plaque and tartar that brushes can’t. Veterinarians also perform x-rays to detect any signs of periodontal disease and damaged tooth roots early on.

Call your local veterinarian for further information on how to keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy and shining.