Many dogs show signs of gum disease before their fifth birthday. Early signs of gum disease include especially offensive breath, receding or inflamed gums, tartar, excessive drooling, loss of appetite, or loose teeth. Proper dental care for your dog starts at home, and might be easier than you think. Chew toys or rawhide can fulfill your dog’s natural desire to chew.
Many dental toys are designed with dental nubs and rope, to give teeth and gums a deep cleaning. Gnawing and chewing help to massage the teeth and gums, cleaning away plaque, tartar and food particles.
Many dental chews contain chlorhexidine, an antimicrobial that helps prevent the buildup of tartar and plaque.
Enzymatic toothpaste is formulated especially for dogs and doesn’t require rinsing. It can be applied with a dog toothbrush or soft gauze two to three times per week, to remove plaque and food debris. Dental care at home is easier if you begin when your dog is young. Once your dog is used to the idea of having its teeth brushed, the routine becomes much easier and can prolong time between veterinary cleanings. Proper dental health keeps your dog healthier and happier. Fresh breath is a bonus! Lori H