5 Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy - Doggy Brace

Keeping your dog’s teeth healthy can save you thousands of dollars in the span of their lifetime. In an effort to save you some cash (and your pup some teeth!), we’ve created a little list of things you can do to keep your dog’s teeth healthy. Read on to learn 5 ways you can keep your dog’s teeth healthy for years and years to come. 

1. Dental Chews 

Dental chews for your dog’s teeth can make a huge difference in the long run. It’s no secret that dogs love to chew on stuff, making dental chews a solution that solves a couple issues and instincts for dogs.

Chews work well because when a dog gnaws on a dental chew, the chew toy scrapes off plaque, tartar, and bits left behind from eating food. Dental chews significantly reduce the amount of buildup on your dog’s teeth, keeping their mouth and teeth healthier for longer.

There are tons of great dental chews out there, and we recommend using a dog chew that is all-natural and made with potato starch. You’ll want to give your dog dental chews that bend, so that chunks of the dental chew don’t break off into pieces. Small chunks of the chew can become choking hazards for your pup. No one wants that! 

2. Brushing Teeth Regularly— But With Yummy Toothpaste

Just like people, dogs need to have their teeth brushed. And, just like most people, your dog might not love doing it. That’s where really yummy toothpaste comes in! 

Make the experience a better one with toothpaste that your dog will enjoy tasting. It’s already weird that you’re poking around in their mouth, but they’ll ease up a bit and find distraction in the delicious flavor of the toothpaste. There are lots of different kinds of toothpaste out there for dogs, with popular flavors like bacon or peanut butter. 

Get into a rhythm of brushing your dog’s teeth and they will come to expect it. They might even learn to enjoy it! Dogs need to have their teeth brushed at least three times a week to keep plaque and tartar off their teeth. In an ideal world, you’d brush your dog’s teeth twice a day—but not everyone has the time for that and that’s okay. 

It’s important to remember that the health of your dog’s teeth will dramatically influence his or her quality of life. Make daily brushing a habit for your dog’s sake!

3. Mouth Spray 

Dental mouth sprays or spritzes for dogs can be a game changer—especially for dogs who won’t sit still for teeth brushing. Dental sprays for dogs are designed to break down the tartar and plaque build up and keep breath fresh. They can also be used as a preventative measure to keep build-up at bay. 

This is also a great option for dogs with stinky breath. If kisses and snuggles have come to a halt because your dog’s breath is kickin’, a mouth spray might just be what the doctor ordered. 

Sometimes dogs can get anxious about the spray coming out of the bottle and into their mouth. It can be a little… surprising for them. If this is the case for your dog, you can spray the mouth spritz on your pup’s favorite dog toys or whatever else he or she loves to chew on. Just like the toothpaste, make sure to get a flavor of spray your dog just can’t resist.

When your dog loves the taste of the good stuff, keeping their mouth healthy won’t be such a chore. 

4. Toys Specifically Designed for Dental Health

There is a whole category of dog toys dedicated and designed for cleaning dog teeth. Like the before-mentioned dental chews, these dog toys will usually have textured surfaces. The textured surfaces help to break down and remove the plaque and tartar on the teeth. Some have rope knots, others have plastic cylinders with bumps on them. 

Getting a dental chew toy that dispenses treats can be helpful as well. The treats can easily make the toy your dog’s favorite thing to chew on—making great, clean teeth a bi-product of just having fun. 

It is important to choose the right-sized toy for your dog’s mouth. Smaller dogs will need smaller toys — but you probably knew that already.

5. Annual Professional Teeth Cleanings 

There is no amount of at-home teeth brushing, dental chews, mouth sprays, or chewing toys that can replace annual teeth cleanings. It’s just a fact of life. It’s incredibly important to not only maintain your dog’s teeth and oral health at home but also to get regular cleanings. When your vet cleans your dog’s mouth, he or she will be able to see if there is any gum disease, bloody gums, or anything else that needs to be addressed.

Just like humans need professional teeth cleanings, so do dogs! 

Dental Disease Can Spread to Vital Organs

When left untreated, dental disease can spread to your dog’s organs and kill them. Dogs live much longer, on average, when they have healthy mouths. Stay on top of your dogs brushing and make sure that they are getting their yearly teeth cleanings.

Dogs do so much for us. Helping them stay healthy and live longer lives is the least we can do for them!