How to Care for Your Dog’s Teeth
Dental health is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. In fact, dogs are quite prone to dental problems. The VCA notes that over 80% of dogs experience dental disease after the age of three. Dental problems can lead to pain, infection, and even tooth loss.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to keep your dog’s teeth healthy.
Brush your dog's teeth regularly.
Brushing your dog’s teeth at least three times a week will help remove plaque and tartar before they can build up and cause problems.
You will need a dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste. Do not use human toothpaste, as it contains ingredients that are toxic to dogs.
Start by gently brushing the outside of your dog’s teeth. Then, as they adjust to the toothbrush, brush the inside of their teeth.
If your dog is new to having their teeth brushed, start by brushing them for just a few seconds at a time. Gradually increase the time spent brushing their teeth as they become more comfortable with it.
Feed your dog a balanced diet
A healthy diet can help to keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy. Avoid feeding your dog sugary foods and treats, as these can contribute to plaque buildup.
Instead, feed your dog a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Rollover pet food is nutritionally balanced and all-natural, making it an excellent option for your dog. You can use it as a topper to make mealtime more enticing or use it as your dog’s complete diet!
Give your dog dental chews and treats
Dental chews and treats can help to clean your dog’s teeth and gums, and they can also help to freshen their breath.
Chewing is a natural behaviour for dogs and can also benefit their oral health. The act of chewing helps to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums.
Plus, chewing instigates saliva production. Saliva is a natural antiseptic and helps to combat plaque and tartar buildup.
Selecting safe and appropriate chews for your dog is essential. Avoid giving your dog chews that are too hard, as these can damage their teeth. Meanwhile, chews that are too soft won’t be as effective.
Supervising your dog while chewing is also important to ensure that they do not swallow any large pieces of the chew.
Here are a few examples of safe and appropriate chews for dogs:
- Rubber chew toys
- Nylon chew toys
- Bully sticks
- Porkhide chews
Rollover has a great selection of edible chews, with options for dogs that are heavy chewers as well as delicate chewers.
Take your dog to the vet for regular dental checkups.
Just like humans, dogs need to have their teeth checked by a veterinarian regularly. Your vet will be able to clean your dog’s teeth professionally and identify any potential dental problems early on.
By following these tips, you can help to keep your dog’s teeth healthy and prevent dental problems.
If you’re looking for a treat that supports dental health, Rollover’s Functional Crunchy Biscuits are a good option to give your dog the dental benefits of a crunchy chew. Plus, they can boost your dog’s immune system and aid in digestion!