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How to Manage Your Dog’s Dental Health

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Pets are an extension of our family and need to be treated as such. That includes routine medical care, dental cleanings included. It’s vital to keep up with your dog’s oral health–and not just for sweet-smelling kisses. Poor dental hygiene can lead to serious canine health risks as early as the age of three. To keep kidney, liver, and heart damage at bay, be sure to keep your dog’s teeth in top shape. You can do so by practicing the following steps.

1. Brush Frequently With Canine Toothpaste

Brushing at least once a day is ideal, but as long as you’re keeping up a few times a week, your dog’s teeth should stay healthy. To make the situation easier for both you and your pup, opt for canine toothpaste over the human kind. Not only are the ingredients safer for your dog, but the fun flavors (think beef or peanut butter) will make the experience more enjoyable.

2. Invest in Chew Toys

There are artificial dental safe bones and chew toys that not only keep your dog occupied but strengthen their teeth and gums at the same time. They’ll help avoid plaque build-up while keeping their teeth strong and sparkling. Always check with your veterinarian before trying these products.

3. Choose Dry Food Over Wet Food

Soft, wet food might be your pup’s favorite dish, but if they put up a fight each time you pull out the toothbrush, you might want to reconsider what you put on their plate. Since soft food stays stuck in their teeth and contributes to tooth decay, choosing crunchy kibbles and snacks is favorable.

 4. Schedule Routine Dental Cleanings

Just like humans, it’s important to get professional cleanings every six months to one year to clear hard-to-reach plaque and tartar and keep their gums healthy.

Keep up with your dog’s routine dental maintenance with regular trips to your local veterinarian, but don’t hesitate to reach out sooner if you suspect a problem.