Eating, drinking, playing tug rope - your dog’s teeth have a tough job. Plaque and tartar build-up can create an ideal environment for bacteria to set up home in your dog’s mouth leading to smelly breath, infected gums, dental pain, or a root abscess and in severe cases, damage to your dog’s internal organs.
Some people feel that feeding their dog a diet of dry kibble helps to maintain good dental health, but the idea that dry food keeps dogs teeth clean is a controversial one. If you type ‘dry dog food clean teeth’ into your favourite search engine, you’ll find lots of interesting articles and research that has been done into this!
The latest research has proved the very best way to care for your dog's dental health is good old-fashioned brushing. You might be reluctant to brush your dog's teeth in case they won't like it, but most respond well and actually enjoy the new fuss. Doggy toothpaste can be really tasty too.
Prevention is always better than cure, so it'd be ideal to introduce teeth brushing to your puppy early on so they grow up with this as part of their normal routine.
Keep each session nice and short. To start, gently stroke your dog’s cheek for a minute or two whilst they get used to the action. For the next few days, let them lick a small amount of toothpaste from your finger too. Next, rub some toothpaste on your dog's gums. Using a soft, kid's toothbrush, build this up to gently brushing their teeth.
Of course, you should always take care when putting your fingers into your dog’s mouth, and we don’t recommend doing so if your dog is likely to become annoyed and snap out of frustration. In this case, a trip to the vet might be best so they can assess the condition of your dog's teeth and perform a quick scale and polish every now and again if need be.