How to care for your dog’s teeth

Dog smiling with teethMany dog owners don’t understand the importance of their dog’s dental hygiene. Just imagine if you were to stop brushing your teeth for an extended period. It’d be pretty unpleasant and you’d have a pretty high risk of having some kind of dental disease! The same goes for doggies. In fact, dental diseases in dogs are very common. It’s reported that by the age of 3, around 80% of dogs have periodontal disease. If left untreated, it could lead to bigger health issues.

We’ll go through the importance of doggy dental hygiene as well as some ways on how you can keep your pooch’s dental hygiene in check.


The importance of dental hygiene

Keeping your dog’s mouth healthy is crucial in maintaining the overall health of your furry friend. Poor dental hygiene can lead to many problems, such as the following:

Oral pain:  when there is an infection in their mouth, the pain can be excruciating. Keeping their teeth clean and healthy will prevent them from experiencing this issue.

Tooth loss: Dental diseases can damage the supporting structures of the teeth, which can lead to tooth loss.

Bad breath: The putrid smell of their breath is a symptom of dental disease. You surely don’t want to wait until the unpleasant odors appear, so regular dental care is required to prevent this particular problem.

Serious health complications: The buildup of bacteria can lead to bigger problems if left untreated. The bacteria can enter the bloodstream and spread to other vital organs such as the heart, kidneys, and liver. This issue is known as bacteremia.

Other symptoms of dental disease are visible plaque and tartar, loosened teeth, and unwillingness to eat.


At-home dog dental care


There are several ways you can do at home to keep your doggie’s dental hygiene clean and fresh.

The first one is brushing your pooch’s teeth regularly (a few days a week). Make sure you use a soft toothbrush that is easy on the gum. Also, opt for a natural-based toothpaste that doesn’t have chemicals that is harmful to your lovely pup. Never use human toothpaste on your pooch!

When brushing the teeth, choose a quiet place and when your dog is calm. You can start rubbing your finger with a cloth to your pup’s teeth to make them feel used to it. Also, have them taste the toothpaste. Once they are comfortable, you can start brushing the teeth with the toothbrush. Brush gently and focus on the area where the gum meets the surface of the teeth.

Remember that using a positive experience (like praising your pup) is crucial in determining the success of the whole process. You can also give dental treats. That’s right, there are some yummy dog foods out there that are beneficial for oral health. Give your doggie some dental toys when they’re having playtime. Some dog dental chew toys are made specifically to clean dogs teeth and remove tartar build-up.

Check out our retail stores to find many of the products listed above.


Undergo professional examination


When it comes to professional care, there are two main options to choose from: non-anesthetic and under anesthetic. Which one is a better option? It depends on what dental care needs to be done.

When it comes to getting your canine’s teeth cleaned or undergoing dental surgery, you’d want the procedure to be as effective and as safe as possible.

While putting your pup under anesthesia does sound nerve-wracking, it’s sometimes needed for proper dental care. If you do opt for this procedure, check with your vet beforehand. Make sure your Fido is healthy enough to go under anesthesia. Anesthetic dental care is better suited for addressing gum and tooth diseases where the sources aren’t visible.

A non-anesthetic seems like a safer option. However, you need to consider that the work that goes into the mouth when your pooch is awake, won’t be as effective and thorough. This is because the procedure can put your furry friend in an uncomfortable position and can cause stress and pain. If your dog moves during the process, it can injure them. Simple teeth cleaning, such as removing visible tartar, may be sufficient with non-aesthetic dental care.

It’s recommended to visit a professional dental care provider once a year.


Brushing your dog’s teeth is hard – we get it! If you’re still struggling to get the right technique down, perhaps bring them into your local The Dog Stop location for the full dental hygiene clean during their groom.