Animals can get mouth diseases in the same way we can. However, caring for your dog’s dental health isn’t just as easy as brushing their teeth. Without regular oral care, plaque can build up quickly and potentially lead to health complications. There are many products that say they’ll clean your dog’s teeth, but which one works best for your dog?
What Poor Dental Hygiene Does to Your Dog Health
By providing your dog with good dental care, you will be preventing them from having serious issues, such as:
- Bad breath
- Tooth loss
- Swollen, red or bleeding gums
- Periodontal disease
- Organ damage
Dogs are good at hiding dental pain, so you might not know something is wrong until it’s too late! Prevention is always better than cure.
What Can You Do to Help?
Looking for the right products can be intimidating; there are many things to consider. Different types of dogs benefit from different types of treatment.
Although you don’t have to brush your dog’s teeth daily, you should try to do it frequently. Regular toothpaste is toxic to dogs, but there are many dog-safe toothpastes with flavours they’ll enjoy, like beef and chicken! Establishing a brushing routine will help your dog get accustomed to it and be less hesitant.
- Pearly Whites Powder
We have created our own unique herbal blend, which works together to reduce the acid in saliva. Pearly Whites Powders gently removes plaque from the teeth and freshens breath. It can be used in addition to brushing.
You can incorporate certain foods into your dog’s diet to encourage the breakdown of plaque. These include but aren’t limited to:
- Raw meaty bones – similar to dog chews
- Fruit and vegetables like apples, pumpkins, and carrots
- Yoghurt – introduces good bacteria to the mouth and gut to help prevent periodontal disease
- Pearly Whites Powder – helps remove tartar and the build-up of plaque
Ask your vet before giving raw food to your dog.
- Dog Chews
These are a great way to help keep your dog’s teeth clean whilst giving them a tasty treat. They have ridges which provide grip and help lessen the build-up of plaque and tartar. The grooves also help by getting between the teeth and stimulating blood flow through the gums. Always supervise your dog when giving them chews.
- Chew Toys
The act of chewing helps to scrape tartar off teeth. It will also promote antibacterial saliva to clean the mouth and help with bad breath. Chew toys will aid in the cleaning, but it shouldn’t be the primary method.
Oral hygiene is incredibly important for dogs as it influences their general health.