Dental care for your dog isn't just about pretty teeth. It also has an effect on his or her kidneys and the heart, which is why a regular dental care routine for your dog is important. With routine toothbrushing, dental cleanings, and overall care, you can help add years to your dog's life. A toothpaste specially formulated for dogs, dental chews and treats, water additives, and oral rinses are some of the products recommended for maintaining your dog's dental health. Follow these steps to prevent your dog from having tartar and plaque buildup, periodontal disease, and/or bad breath.
It's no secret bacteria lives inside your dog's mouth, but did you know it can also be found in your dog's water bowl? Dental care products such as water additives can help whiten your dog's teeth, and kill bacteria in your dog's bowl and mouth. Dental rinses can help freshen your dog's breath and fight plaque.
Periodically you should look into your dog's mouth to check for possible health concerns. Lift up the lips and inspect the gums and the teeth, in every angle that you can. Look for:
Any of these, as well as unusually bad breath, can be a sign of serious dental problems, which you will want to address with your veterinarian.