While facilitating good breath and hygiene, brushing a dog’s teeth also cultivates strong health overall. Dogs are particularly susceptible to gum disease, which can lead to a host of more serious health problems, such as infections of the liver, heart, and kidneys.
To prevent such problems, owners should select specially formulated toothpaste and a veterinarian-approved toothbrush to care for their pet’s teeth. They should then perform regular cleanings, ideally on a daily basis but at minimum a few times a week.
There are several other ways to facilitate good oral health in dogs in addition to brushing their teeth. Pet owners should give their dog hard food rather than soft food, the latter of which easily adheres to their teeth, ultimately causing tooth decay. Moreover, several companies produce toys and bones that strengthen a dog’s teeth and help manage plaque build-up. In addition to oral care at home, pets need dental exams every six to 12 months.