February is Pet Dental Health Month. Dental health is often something that many pet owners overlook, but canine periodontal disease affects a majority of dogs according to the American Veterinary Dental College. The earliest sign of dental disease is bad breath. Periodontal disease can be extremely painful for your dog and can lead to tooth loss and other health complications if their gums become infected. Here are 5 ways to keep your dog’s teeth clean and gums healthy.

5 Ways To Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean

1. Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

The first line of defense against dental disease is brushing your dog’s teeth daily. Consult with your vet about the right canine tooth paste for your dog.

2. Use Tooth Wipes

Another way to combat dental disease is by using tooth wipes. You can find these at most pet supply stores, and they usually slip right over your finger so you can reach every tooth in your dog’s mouth.

3. Dental Treats

There are many dog dental treats on the market that both remove plaque buildup and freshen your dog’s breath. Dental treats are available for dogs of any size and age.

4. Dog Chew Toys

Chewing in and of itself is actually beneficial to your dog’s dental health, regardless of what they are chewing on. Chew toys are another great way to help improve your dog’s dental health. There are chew toys, like those made of rubber or nylon, that are specifically made for dental health and even teething puppies.

5. Veterinary Dental Cleanings

Lastly, your best bet when it comes to your dog’s dental health is to schedule routine teeth cleanings with your local veterinarian. You have the best chance of preventing dental disease by having your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned.

Written by Vincent M.

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