Should I Care For My Dog’s Teeth?

Although your dog can’t lay back in a dentist’s chair, his oral health is still an important priority. Make sure you care for your dog’s teeth to avoid periodontal disease and other serious health issues for your canine friend. 

Why Your Dog’s Tooth Care Matters

Your dog doesn’t care about flashing a bright white smile, but his dental health still matters. If you never brush or clean your dog’s teeth, plaque and tartar buildup will lead to serious issues like gingivitis and periodontal disease. 

Just like with humans, periodontal disease leads to other serious complications and life-threatening infections that may affect the heart, liver, and other vital organs. Neglecting your pet’s dental care can also become very expensive.Tooth extractions, root canals, and infection medication costs add up quickly!

How To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

Brushing your dog’s teeth is an important way to prevent plaque buildup, just like with your own mouth!

This doesn’t need to be done every day, but the more often, the better. Use these tips to make brushing your dog’s teeth as simple as possible:

  • Use dog tooth wipes, if your pup doesn’t cooperate, for a toothbrush and doggy toothpaste.
  • Give your dog dental treats made with ingredients that freshen breath and remove bacteria from the mouth.
  • Try dog chews with teeth-cleaning properties (for example, gnawing scrapes plaque off the teeth, while enzymes promote dental health).

The Benefits of Professional Cleanings

Many pet owners prefer to leave their dog’s oral health to the professionals. Your dog’s veterinarian has the skills and experience to prevent, locate, and treat any dental issues your dog may be experiencing. Simply add dental care to your pet’s standard vet visit to promote long-lasting oral health. 

Call Affordable Pet Hospital in Tampa today to learn more about dental care for your dog. Our compassionate and experienced staff are here to ensure that your canine pal leads a healthy, happy, active life. Call (813) 991-9898 today to schedule an appointment.