Ideally, you should brush your dog’s teeth daily, but even weekly brushing can make a huge difference to their oral health.
Food residue that is allowed to build up on your dog’s teeth can morph into plaque and tartar surprisingly quickly. – try and limit snacks and treats to avoid this build up.
From brushes to wipes there are many different oral care products on the market, it may take some trial and error to find something suitable for your dog, in the meantime you can simply use your finger to rub doggy toothpaste into his teeth and gums to get him used to you caring for his teeth.
Bad breath is a sure sign of Gingivitis, which if not treated will lead to periodontal disease.
During the early stages of the disease your dog may not feel any discomfort but soon enough the redness and swelling that characterize the illness become apparent, making it difficult for him to chew bones and even eat the crunchy foods that help keep plaque and tartar from forming on his teeth.
If you detect any signs of gum disease contact your vet who can take a closer look and help you treat the problem.
Nylabones are great for helping keep your dog’s teeth clean.
The nice smooth surface of the bone will 'rough up' as your dog chews it, and the tiny bristles that raise on the bone act like a mini toothbrush which will help keep your dogs' teeth clean and prevent tartar build up.