The Dos And Don'ts Of Taking Care Of Your Dog's Teeth

Posted on: 22 March 2018


It may sound odd to brush your dog's teeth, but it is actually necessary and should be part of your care routine with your dog. Poor oral hygiene can cause other health problems for your dog later down the road. Read on for some dos and don'ts of taking care of your dog's teeth.


  • Brush Weekly. Brush your dog's teeth each week. You don't have to brush your dog's teeth twice per day like you do your own; once per week should be plenty. If your dog's teeth have a lot of plaque, you may want to do it a few times per week.
  • Inspect Thoroughly. Give your dog's teeth a thorough inspection when you're brushing. Look for signs of dental disease, such as really bad breath, bleeding or swollen gums, sores in the mouth, or loose or missing teeth. If you spot any of these issues, get your dog to the veterinarian for an exam and checkup. It could be dental disease, which, if not treated, could lead to other health problems, such as liver, lung, kidney, or heart issues.
  • Give Treats To Promote Healthy Teeth. Give your dog treats and toys that can promote healthy teeth and gums. Treats should be high in protein and lean fats, but not loaded in grains. Give your dog toys that promote chewing, but that won't harm the teeth or gums. 


  • Skip Dental Exams. You should be taking your dog to the veterinarian for a dental exam and professional cleaning at least once per year. Your veterinarian will give your dog's teeth a thorough examination and let you know if there are any issues. A professional cleaning can get rid of plaque and buildup on the teeth that can cause decay and disease.
  • Use Human Toothpaste. Human toothpaste isn't going to be good for your dog. Only use toothpaste made for canines. Human toothpaste has fluoride in it and too much can be dangerous for your dog. 
  • Give Hard Bones. Hard bones such as raw-hides can damage your dog's teeth. Other hard bones or treats can also damage your dog's teeth. 

You need to take good care of your dog's teeth to help prevent dental disease. Dental disease affects a great number of dogs each year and is responsible for other health issues. If you aren't cleaning your dog's teeth, it's never too late to start. Schedule a dog dental cleaning if you are worried about your pet's oral hygiene.