Canine Health: Maintaining Your Dog's Healthy Smile

Posted on: 18 February 2016


It is important to communicate well with your dog's vet and make sure you get Fido in for a dental cleaning when he starts to show plaque on his teeth. A full dental exam and cleaning can be expensive and stressful for your best friend. Some dogs may be so stressed at the prospect of a cleaning that they have to be sedated. The after-effects of sedation, to include grogginess and loss of control of bodily functions, can be just as stressful for your dog. it is imperative that you do everything you can to maintain his shiny smile so he won't have to go in for a professional cleaning as often.

Brush, Brush, Brush

You should brush your dog's teeth at least once per week. Get a canine toothbrush - don't use a people toothbrush. Human toothpaste is highly toxic to dogs, so pick up a yummy beef, chicken or poultry-flavored doggie toothpaste at your local pet store. Dogs are more willing to undergo a routine brushing if they think they are getting a treat. The toothpaste should do the trick to get Spot to open up and let you brush.

Clean the Tongue

Just like humans, it is important to keep Fifi's tongue clean to help keep her teeth clean. You can brush her tongue with her doggie toothbrush. There are also several products on the market that are made specifically for cleaning your dog's tongue. Bonus for your dog: these products come with yummy toothpaste that are flavored with meat, just like brushes for his teeth.

Crunchy Foods

Crunchy foods are great for breaking up tartar on your dog's teeth and keeping them clean. A high-quality kibble is perfect. You can also feed your dog a handful of crunchy veggies at snack time. Carrots, celery and even chunks of potatoes are healthy and provide some satisfying crunches that can help clean your pup's fangs. One word of warning, though: a lot of dogs love to munch on ice cubes. You should steer your canine friend away from ice cubes, as they can break or chip his teeth.

Healthy Treats

You can also pick up some pre-made dental treats for your dog at the vet or your favorite pet store. Do your research and choose a quality treat that is low in calories and is made in the USA. One treat per day should do the trick to keep your dog's teeth clean and his breath fresh.

Contact a vet like Brian E Hall, or other local vets, for more help and information on your dog's dental care.