Tips for Keeping Your Dog’s Teeth Clean and Healthy

If we asked you when the last time you brushed your teeth was, you probably wouldn’t have to give it a second thought — “this morning” you’d (hopefully) say. But what about if we asked when the last time you brushed your dog’s teeth was? That might require a little head scratching.

Do Dogs Need Their Teeth Brushed?

Yes, yes, and yes! While they don’t require 2-3 brushings a day like humans, their teeth should be brushed once or twice a week. All too often, dog owners overlook the importance of dental health, assuming a dog’s breath is naturally bad. While it may not be minty fresh all that time, it shouldn’t be that bad.

Keeping Your Dog’s Teeth Clean

  • Set up a schedule. Because they don’t need to be brushed every day, it can be easy to forget about your pup’s brushing altogether. Designate one day a week to brushing or set up reminders in your phone.
  • Get K9-approved toothpaste. Sorry, but you and Fido can’t share the same toothpaste. Because some of the ingredients in human toothpaste can be harmful to your dog, you’ll want to pick up a non-toxic, animal-approved paste.
  • Try tooth wipes. Tooth wipes are exactly what they sound like — a wipe you rub over your dog’s teeth to remove plaque. While they’re definitely a suitable option, many people say they can’t get into tight spaces the way toothpaste can.
  • Get creative in between brushes. While you should really get in there once a week, oral health should always be on your mind. Dental treats are an effortless way to remove plaque from your dog’s teeth. And while they shouldn’t replace regular brushings, they’re a good addition to your routine if your pup doesn’t like to sit still for his cleanings.

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