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Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy

Dogs get plaque and tartar on their teeth just like humans

do. Cleaning your dogs teeth between professional cleanings

is very simple.

Keeping your dogs teeth and gums clean will eliminate “doggy

breath” as well as keep your dog healthy.

Most veterinarians suggest twice a week brushings. When

brushing teeth, use baking soda or a special toothpaste

formulated for dogs, not toothpaste for humans. Pet

toothpastes contain enzymes that help dissolve plaque and

can be swallowed. They also taste good.

Use a toothbrush designed for pets or small children. Or

just use gauze or a washcloth if the pet doesn’t like the


Tooth brushing is best but if the dog won’t let you brush

it’s teeth then giving it something to chew that rubs on the

sides of the teeth is useful.

Although dogs do not usually get cavities in their teeth,

tooth problems result from soft foods that can leave debris

in gum pockets at the base of the teeth, known as

gingivitis. Infections form which soften and cause the gums

to recede. Bad breath is a symptom.

Tartar buildup can be removed from teeth by rubbing with a

solution of three percent hydrogen peroxide. Advanced

buildup requires scraping with dental instruments. Some

veterinarians use ultrasonics now as well, so the treatment

is more pleasant.

For between dental visits, provide soft chew toys made of

rubber or nylon and something made of fiber like a chew rope

which helps to wipe the teeth clean.

For more information on how to keep your dogs teeth and

mouth healthy visit:

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