How to Care for Your Dog's Teeth

How to Care for Your Dog’s Teeth?

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Last Updated on March 25, 2022 by Pauline G. Carter

Dogs need oral care just like people do. Just like people, if dogs don’t get their teeth cleaned regularly, they can develop plaque and tartar buildup, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.

Plaque is a sticky film that forms on teeth when bacteria mix with saliva. Tartar is hardened plaque that can only be removed with special dental equipment.

If your dog doesn’t have regular dental checkups and cleanings from a veterinarian, you should brush his teeth at home at least once a week.

Use a canine-specific toothbrush and toothpaste (available at pet stores), and make sure to brush all the surfaces of the teeth – top, bottom, and chewing surfaces. You should also gently massage your dog’s gums with your finger once daily.

Some foods can help keep your dog’s teeth healthy.


The most important way to care for your dog’s teeth is by brushing them regularly.

Dental disease is one of the most common health problems in dogs. Unfortunately, 80% of dogs over three have dental disease. The good news is that this problem is preventable – and brushing your dog’s teeth is the most important way to do so.

Brushing your dog’s teeth may seem daunting, but it’s not that difficult. Of course, it would help if you had a toothbrush (preferably designed for dogs), toothpaste (dog toothpaste is available at most pet stores), and water.

To brush your dog’s teeth, wet his mouth with water and apply a small toothpaste to the toothbrush. Then, gently brush your dog’s teeth in a circular motion, making sure to brush all the surfaces of each tooth.


The food that you feed your dog directly impacts their dental health. Some foods are more likely to cause tooth decay and gum disease than others.

Like those found in most commercial dog foods, processed foods are high in sugar and carbohydrates. These foods can cause the bacteria in your dog’s mouth to produce acids that eat away at their teeth and gums.

Raw bones are a much better option for your dog’s teeth. Bones help clean their teeth as they chew them, and they also provide essential minerals that help keep their teeth healthy.

Dental Chews:

Dental chews are a great way to help keep your dog’s teeth clean. They work by scraping plaque and tartar off of the teeth. There are many different types of dental chews, so you can find one that your dog will love. Some popular options include rawhide bones, dental sticks, and dental ropes.

It is important to choose the right dental chew for your dog. Rawhide bones are a good option for dogs who love to chew, but they should not be given to aggressive chewers, as they can break off small pieces that can be swallowed and cause choking.

Dental sticks are a good choice for dogs who like to crunch on things, while dental ropes are perfect for dogs who love to tug and play.

Professional cleanings:

Dogs need regular dental care to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Professional cleanings are sometimes necessary to remove tartar and plaque buildup that is difficult to remove at home.

Your veterinarian can recommend a professional cleaning schedule for your dog based on their dental health.


Dental health is extremely important for dogs, just as it is for humans. Proper dental care keeps your dog’s teeth and gums healthy, but it can also help prevent other health problems as well.

One of the most important things you can do to care for your dog’s teeth is regularly to brush them. You can use a special canine toothbrush and toothpaste or a damp washcloth. Be sure to brush all the surfaces of your dog’s teeth, including the backs and inside surfaces.

Another important part of dental care is regular cleaning by a veterinarian. Your vet can remove plaque and tartar buildup with special tools, and they may also recommend a dental diet or chew toys to help keep your dog’s teeth clean.

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Pauline G. Carter

Pauline G. Carter is a well-known pet blogger who has written about the world of pets for several years. She is passionate about pets, from cats and dogs to birds, reptiles, and poultry. Her blog, which is updated regularly, is filled with articles and guides on pet care, nutrition, and training. She also shares her experiences and observations on pet ownership, making her blog relatable and informative for pet lovers. She is a true animal advocate and is dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership. Let’s Go …

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