How to look after your dog’s teeth

How to look after your dog’s teeth

When Max first joined our family, he didn’t seem to know how to play with a chew toy, or didn’t know what to do with a dentastick.

His teeth were quite bad and the vet recommended regular brushing, it will still make a huge difference even starting at his age.

During my research for Luna’s Basket, I’ve seen many dental sticks advertised, toys that act as toothbrushes, and toothpaste for dogs… but what is best, and when do we need to worry about it? The short answer is yes, to prevent any pain or issues and to avoid the big vets’ bill when they are older so they can continue those beautiful happy grins we are so lucky to experience.

Brushing Teeth

  • It is best to start young so they get used to it, although there is always time.
  • Let them taste the new toothpaste so they think it is a treat. Luna has been the chief tester as I have been researching this, and she likes some better than others but is happy to try them.
  • Get them used to having their teeth and gums touched, be gentle, and try to make it fun and part of the grooming routine.
  • You can use a brush over your finger or, when they are ready, a long toothbrush to clean their teeth.

It has been known that certain people think Luna may be slightly spoilt, but if you see me brushing her teeth, it is scientifically recommended!

If your dog has significant dental issues, see your vet as soon as possible. We know how bad toothache is, and your dog will try and tell you by rubbing their face, dribbling, or going off of food.

Other signs of issues or dental diseases include:

  • Bad breath.
  • Yellow/ brown teeth.
  • Bleeding gums.
  • Dropping food from their mouth.
  • Weight loss.

Rather than get to that point, here are some other ways to keep your dog’s mouth healthy:

  • Buy the toys designed to keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy as they chew on them, such as rope toys and chewy toys.
  • Dental chews are also great, but not too many, as they can put weight on.
  • Be careful of the bones you give your dogs. They can splinter, which damages gums and teeth.
  • Choose natural chews that help keep teeth clean.
  • Go for regular dental cleaning at your vet, or ask your vet for advice.

From the reading I have been doing, a lot of the advice is similar to a human, brush regularly, watch what you eat, and see a dental hygienist. Prevention is better than cure.

Take care and keep smiling.

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