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Is Dog Dental Care Necessary?


Caring for your dogs teeth is a vital part of his overall health and maintenance. Sure, you may feel funny brushing Fido's pearly whites every night before bed, but good dental care for dogs is much more than just having white teeth and good breath.

Dental disease in dogs can cause serious health issues as the bacteria from infected gums and teeth can "spread" to other parts of the body and affect vital organs such as the heart, kidneys and intestines. Tarter or dental calculus starts off soft but can harden on the dogs teeth. Once hardened, it cannot be brushed away but requires a dental scaling just like you get in the dentist chair! If the teeth are left untreated, the buildup can cause the gums to become inflamed and can also cause serious infections.

Does Your Dog Have Bad Teeth?

To tell if your dog has bad teeth, lift up his lips and check his teeth at the gumline - can you see tarter? Are the teeth white or discolored? Does his breath smell? Are there broken teeth?

All of these can indicate the need for better dog tooth care. Your veterinarian will probably do a dental check as part of they yearly checkup and can advise you as to the extent of the problem, if any.

Providing Better Dog Tooth Care

Bones

Chewing on raw bones can be a good way for your dog to remove built up tarter. I would advise against cooked bones as they can splinter and cause damage to the gums or intestine if swallowed. There are also some manufactured bones that are specially formulated for dental care.

Brushing Your Dogs Teeth

Brushing is a vital part of dog tooth care and should be done at least once a week. There are plenty of flavored toothpastes formulated for dogs that your pet will love the taste of. You can use a finger brush (a rubber piece that fits on the end of your finger with bristles), a hand held brush that looks much like a human tooth brush, or a little brush that fits on the end of a "ring" which you put on your finger. I have a tiny dog with a small mouth and I find the "ring" brush works best for me.

Scaling

This procedure is done by your veterinarian and is pretty much the same thing as the scaling you get at the dentist. The teeth are scraped and polished and any loose or badly damaged teeth are removed. Your dog is put under anesthesia for this procedure and it is quite costly. Proper brushing will limit the need for this to be done.

Getting Your Dog Used To Brushing

While it's best to start when he is a puppy, it's not too late for your older dog to get good dental care! Start off slowly, maybe with just a dab of the toothpaste on your finger so he can lick it off (my dog loves the taste!). Be sure to use a special paste for dogs and not human toothpaste - get a paste from your vet that has enzymes that will help fight the bacteria. Also, you'll want a soft brush so you do not damage the gums.

Take it one day at a time and gradually get the dog used to you touching his head and opening the mouth. Each day try to go one step further - open the mouth, then touch his teeth, then his gums. Use your finger at first and introduce the brush later. This can be a a bonding time for you and your dog - eventually your pet may even look forward to his nightly brushing!

You should try to brush your dogs teeth every day or at least every other day so that the plaque will not have a chance to harden. While this may seem like a chore, think of it as an important medical need for your pet. Frequent brushing and proper dental care can add years to your pets life!

Lee Dobbins is a pet lover and webmaster of ePet Pet Center where you can find out more about the care of pets. Be sure to check out the new dog breed guide.


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ASPCA employee discusses how to keep pets safe this summer  Spectrum News NY1

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Tips to help keep pets safe this summer  Longview News-Journal

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The Complex Challenge of Transporting Pets  The Foreign Service Journal

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Red, white and woof: Pets show off patriotic pride at Amarillo Community Market Pet Parade  Amarillo Globe-News

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Pets scared of fireworks? What Bay Area animal experts say you can do  KRON4

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Why You Should Rethink Letting Your Pets Sleep With You  CNET

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Furry Friend Friday: Fireworks anxiety in pets  KSWO

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Pets on paracetamol: animals at risk as owners struggle with vet bills  The Guardian

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Pets provide benefits to mental, physical health of children  Moscow-Pullman Daily News

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Pets & Their People  Reporter Newspapers

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KC Pet Project shelter filled back up after 300 pets arrived this week  KCTV 5

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Colorado Springs shops offer pup cups, pupcakes and more for pets  Colorado Springs Gazette

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Charleston Animal Society offering ‘pet amnesty’ July 5th through 8th  Live 5 News WCSC

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Dear Mother Earth: Plastic pollution and pets | Weekend Magazine | rutlandherald.com  Rutland Herald

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More space for vets and pets: New 40,000-foot veterinary clinic opens at LSU  The Advocate

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KCAS Pets of the Week: Blimpie and Lola  WOODTV.com

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Epi-Pet's FDA-Authorized K-9 Care Sunscreen for Dogs Continues to Break Sales Records  Business Wire

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Introducing The Gucci Pet Collection For The Most Glamorous Pets  Haute Living

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Financial, housing insecurities leading more people to surrender pets, Seattle Humane says  KING5.com

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Safety measures from first responders to prevent leaving child or pets in hot car  WHSV

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Amid Ukraine War, Volunteers Help Displaced People and Pets  Voice of America - VOA News

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Louisville Metro Animal Services may have to euthanize adoptable pets  Courier Journal

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Chatham's 'Patriotic Pets' Gather at Chatham Borough Farmers' Market; Help Kick off Independence Day Celebration  TAPinto.net

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Best DIY ideas to make your home pet friendly  Interesting Engineering

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Family, pets displaced after central Austin duplex fire  KXAN.com

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Moses Lake Firefighters Save Pets from Mobile Home Fire  KPQ

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Survey: 93% of pets are part of 'family' for Oregonians  Portland Tribune

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Pets Don’t Just Make for Good Company—Sometimes They Help Sell Homes, Too  The Wall Street Journal

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Pets get microchipped for free ahead of 4th of July weekend  ConchoValleyHomepage.com

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PAAC offering free spay, neuter to pet owners in two Corpus Christi zip codes  Caller Times

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'Pet Pals TV': The dangers of keeping your pets in hot cars  WISH TV Indianapolis, IN

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New LEGO BrickHeadz Pets Sets for August 2022 Release  The Brick Fan

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Pets Fur People Pet of the Week – Jewel & Ivy  Gilmer Mirror

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Pets May Be Less Terrified July 4th, As Indiana Firework Sales Fizzle  Patch

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Banfield Pet Hospital's secret to happier vets and healthier pets  DVM 360

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Poisoned pets: ‘I will never forget about her,’ says pet owner  KMID - Local 2 News

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Cape Fear Gardening: Protecting your pets from dangerous water  WECT

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Animal Tracks: Shelter has pets in need of homes  Dothan Eagle

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Adoption fees waived to spare pets from fireworks, but outbreak puts cat adoptions on hold  Denton Record Chronicle

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🌱 Oceanside Top July Events + SD County Crime Log + Keep Pets Safe  Patch

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Animal shelter in NMB already over capacity stresses watching pets this weekend  wpde.com

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10 Best Chewy Blue Box Event Pet Deals (2022): Cat and Dog Supplies  WIRED

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Our Favorite Real Housewives Pets  Reality Tea

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3 Ways Pet Insurance Is Different From Human Health Insurance  The Motley Fool

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Do You Know How to Keep Your Pets Safe During a Disaster?  FEMA

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BlixTerm Brings Full-Speed YouTube Video To The Commodore PET  Hackaday

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Pets of the week – Chicago Tribune  Chicago Tribune

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Ventura County officials warn of heightened coyote threat to pets  VC Star

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The best pets of 2022 (so far)  Mashable

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Looking For a Pet? Pets in Miami Dade Shelters Are Looking for a Forever Home  NBC 6 South Florida

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Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg  The Gabber Newspaper

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Parasitic worms found across US parks put kids, pet owners at risk  FOX 7 Austin

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Clarksville Area Pets of the Week for June 6th, 2022  Clarksville Online

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For those who don't enjoy fireworks, some tips for this holiday weekend  MPR News

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How pets give your kids a brain boost  BBC

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Packed Bay Area Animal Shelters Need Help Finding Homes for Pets  NBC Bay Area

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Pets of the Week - Meet Bruno & Charles  City of Arlington

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Photos: Bully breeds show off in Collinsville | Pets | stltoday.com  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Homeward Pet: Pets of the Week | Community | nwnews.com  Woodinville Northwest News

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Kansasville fire at mobile home center; 1 injured, pet dead  FOX 6 Milwaukee

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LIST: Adoptable pets at the Houston Humane Society  KPRC Click2Houston

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How to keep your pets calm and safe during Fourth of July fireworks  The Keene Sentinel

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Dog attack leaves one pet dead, another seriously injured in Salem, Massachusetts  WCVB Boston

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OC Animal Care Promotes Importance of Pet Licensing Ahead of National Lost Pet Prevention Month  Voice of OC

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Talking pets and parasites with U of M  UMN News

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Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review 2022  Investopedia

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Tulsa Humane Society Giving Away Free Pet Supplies  News On 6

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Idaho pet recovery group sees highest number of lost dogs around 4th of July  KTVB.com

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Monroe County Animal Control features its Pets of the Week  Monroe Evening News

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Seattle Has the Cutest Shop Pets—Here's Proof  Seattle Met

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As people surrender pets they can't always afford, Alaska's shelters struggle to house them  Anchorage Daily News

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From food to fireworks: Protecting your pets from holiday hazards  NewsNation Now

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NY pet stores fear bill banning animal sales would put them out of business  Spectrum News

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Front Porch, Tumbleweed, Knock Knock: How Austin Pets Alive! names its pups  KXAN.com

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Emotional support pets: experts warn of animal welfare risk  The Guardian

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Pets of the Week, Meet the Coffee kittens  Fort Leavenworth Lamp

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SoMD Pets in Need Cat of the Week: Diego  The Southern Maryland Chronicle

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WHS Furry Friends Pet Food Pantry helps pet parents in need  Racine County Eye

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Martin County bans sale of dogs, cats, rabbits from pet stores  WPTV News Channel 5 West Palm

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Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Tommy, Lady, & Elle  SweetwaterNOW

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Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Serenity, Phoebe, Piper and Prue, & Milo  SweetwaterNOW

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Petlibro's Wi-Fi-Enabled Automatic Feeder Helps You Monitor Pets  Bustle

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Big Win: New York Passes Bill to End the Retail Sale of Dogs, Cats and Rabbits in Pet Stores!  ASPCA

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Pets can boost your brain power, study says  CNN

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How to prepare for a smooth PCS with your pets  United States Army

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Pet-friendly recreation  Michigan (.gov)

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Clarksville Area Pets of the Week for April 18th, 2022  Clarksville Online

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Playing for Pets is Thursday and Friday  SIU News

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Editors’ picks: 27 pet products we’ve tried and absolutely love  CNN Underscored

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Pet Ownership Statistics: 78% of Pet Owners Acquired Pets During Pandemic  Forbes

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Why Should Kids Have Pets: 8 Evidence-Based Reasons  PsychCentral.com

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National Pet Day: Here are the most searched pets (besides cats and dogs) in Ohio, KY  The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Best Air Purifiers for Pets of 2022 | US News  U.S. News & World Report

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