• Brush Teeth

  • Dental care is one of the best ways to help keep your dog's teeth and gums healthy.
    Start as early as possible in your canine friend's life so he or she will become accustomed to the brushing process.

    How often should I brush my dog’s teeth at home?
    Your dog's teeth should be brushed as often as possible, ideally every day. There are numerous dental care products, pastes, solutions, brushes, chew toys and dental diets that help you provide your dog with the home dental care he deserves. Let your qualified veterinarian or certified pet care professional help you choose the best products for your pet.

    How often should I have my dog’s teeth professionally cleaned?
    Even with a diligent at-home dental care routine, adult dogs should have their teeth professionally cleaned at least once per year. These cleanings allow us to assess your dog’s overall oral health and thoroughly prevent against tartar buildup, gingivitis or gum disease  and other conditions that can lead to life-threatening illnesses such as organ failure and heart disease if left untreated.

    • Use a specially designed dog toothbrush or a recommended alternative.
    • Never use human toothpaste. Instead, use pet-safe toothpaste with a flavor favorable to your dog’s taste buds.
    • Give your dog a small sample of the toothpaste to introduce the taste.
    • Lift the lip to expose the outside surfaces of your dog’s gums and teeth.
    • Brush with gentle motions to clean the teeth and gums, as you would your own.
    • Clean the outside (cheek-facing) surfaces, as most pets will not allow you to brush the inside surface of the teeth.
    • Be sure to reach the back upper molars and canines, as these teeth tend to quickly build up tartar.
    • Reward your dog with play, petting or a favorite activity to positively reinforce the brushing process.