Pet Dentistry: How to Care for Your Dog’s Teeth

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Pet Dentistry: How to Care for Your Dog’s Teeth

As an Inland Empire veterinarian with years of experience in veterinary care for dogs and other small animals, we find that many people aren’t quite sure how to properly care for their dog’s teeth in any long-term way. The process is not necessarily difficult, but it does require you to keep a number of important things in mind.

 

Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy with a toothbrush. isolated on white background

Caring For Your Dog’s Teeth: Best Practices

In terms of caring for your dog’s teeth, remember that dry food is always better than soft food in terms of preventing issues like tooth decay. When you brush your dog’s teeth, which you should do on a regular basis, make sure you buy toothpaste specifically designed for dogs. Human toothpaste will contain fluoride, which can be extremely poisonous. You’ll also want to be gentle with your dog during all teeth brushing activities and hold the tooth brush at a 45 degree angle.

Shetland Sheepdog on a toothbrush

Additionally, it’s important to understand the warning signs that your dog’s teeth may need professional care so that you can get your pet the help he or she needs as quickly as possible. If your dog has very bad breath or if you notice a distinct change in their eating or chewing habits, they may have developed an oral issue that must be addressed. Pawing at the face or mouth, a misalignment of the teeth and gum problems are also major warning signs.

Shetland Sheepdog on a toothbrush

Emergency Pet Hospital of Redlands

At Emergency Pet Hospital of Redlands, we’re incredibly proud of our ability to act as a fully equipped emergency and critical care overnight hospital for small animals. If you’re looking for a Redlands veterinarian and have more questions about how to care for your dog’s teeth, or about any other important pet care question, please don’t delay – contact the Emergency Pet Hospital of Redlands today.

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