Keeping Your Dog’s Dental Health Up to Par

It’s February, and that means that it’s Dental Health Month. How are your canine companion’s pearly whites looking recently? Here, your Conyers, GA veterinarian offers five tips for maintaining your dog’s dental health.

Mouth Check-Ups

Keep a close eye on your dog’s mouth at home; it’s the easiest way to find out if something is wrong. Once a week or so, sit down with your pooch and gently peel back the lips, exposing the teeth and gums. If you see anything that doesn’t look right—inflammation and/or swelling, redness, bleeding, cracked teeth, etc.—let your vet know right away.

Chew Toys

Chew toys provide your dog with a natural outlet for his gnawing instincts, and they keep your pup occupied for hours. They also have another benefit: helping with dental health. Chew toys give your dog’s teeth and gums a healthy workout, and they help to scrape off loose plaque from the outer tooth surfaces, removing it before it has a chance to harden into tartar. Provide your dog with plenty of toys!

Quality Diet

Don’t forget that a high-quality, well-balanced diet is important for your dog’s dental health, not to mention his or her overall well-being. When your pooch receives the proper amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other key nutrients from their food, the teeth and gums stay healthy. Also make sure your dog has a steady supply of cool, fresh water to drink.

Do you need a recommendation on a premium dog food for your canine companion? Call your veterinarian’s office.

Brushing Sessions at Home

You can brush your dog’s teeth at home using a canine-formulated toothpaste and a specialized toothbrush—it’s one of the best ways to keep Fido’s mouth healthy over time. Start by simply massaging your pooch’s teeth and gums with your finger so that he gets used to the brushing sensation. Over time, you’ll be able to introduce the paste and brush, working around your dog’s entire mouth for a thorough cleaning.

Professional Cleanings

Of course, there’s no substitute for professional deep-cleans from your veterinarian’s office. This is the best way to ensure your dog’s teeth and gums stay healthy over the course of his lifetime. Ask your veterinarian for further details about the dental cleaning procedure.

Does your pet need veterinary attention? We’re here to help with all of your animal-care needs! Set up an appointment at your Conyers, GA animal hospital today.

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