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7 Tips To Keep Your Dogs Teeth Healthy

This isn’t just an issue for senior dogs. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80 % of dogs show signs of oral disease by age three without proper dental care. Prevention is the best method, so start now! Talk to your veterinarian about how to keep your dog’s teeth clean.

1. If your dog hasn’t received a dental exam, take him to the vet first! He may require a cleaning, and then you can maintain his clean teeth at home.

2. Create a regular dental care routine at home. For example, you can brush your dog’s teeth with special canine toothpaste.

3. Never use human toothpaste or mouthwash. They can make your dog sick.

4. Start early! Grown dogs can learn to become comfortable with brushing, but make things easier for yourself by working with your dog as a puppy.

5. Take your dog to the vet if you see signs of dental problems:

  • Bad breathe
  • Change in eating or chewing habits
  • Pawing at the face or mouth
  • Depression
  • Excessive drooling
  • Misaligned or missing teeth
  • Discolored, broken, missing or crooked teeth
  • Red, swollen, painful or bleeding gums
  • Yellowish-brown tartar crust along the gum line
  • Bumps or growths within the mouth

6. Aggressive chewing on hard objects can cause broken teeth. Make sure you are providing safe objects for your dog to gnaw on.

7. During your dog’s annual check-ups, make sure your veterinarian takes a good look at his or her teeth to keep an eye out for any issue you may miss. *Cesar Milan

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