Oral Care For Dogs: 6 Tips

Oral Care For Dogs: 6 Tips

Check out these top pet oral care tips:

All too often our canine companions greet us with foul breath odor which we lovingly call ‘doggy breath.’ Referred to by veterinarians as generalized periodontitis, this foul breath odor is more often than not ignored by dog owners and is frequently a precursor to a much more harmful cycle of oral disease. 

Keeping close tabs on oral hygiene and practicing preventative maintenance when problems are still minor can result in immeasurable benefits for a dog’s long-term health. Here are 6 tips to practice oral care on your dog:

1. Feed your dog a meat-based dog food that is well-balanced and rich in nutrients

Meat contains naturally occurring enzymes which help protect teeth and gums from bacteria and plaque. For more info on healthy diet for dogs, check out our blog post on Choosing the Best Food for your Dog.

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A healthy mouth consists of 42 straight clean teeth.

2. Understand what a healthy mouth looks like

It’s important to know the differences in appearance between what is healthy and what is unhealthy in order to recognize oral pathology in your dog when it is still minor and to take the appropriate steps to treat it. A healthy dog’s teeth will be free of plaque and tartar, with all 42 teeth intact straight and undamaged.

3. Brush your dog’s teeth regularly

A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, December, 1996, concluded that “daily tooth-brushing should be the recommendation to dog owners irrespective of dietary regimen.” It is crucial that you use a toothpaste specially formulated for dogs as toothpaste for humans contains toxins and other ingredients that are harmful to pets. Using a canine toothbrush or a brush that fits over your finger can also assist in properly brushing your dog’s teeth.

4. Dog dental treats can help keep your dog’s mouth clean and prevent disease

Dental treats are designed to remove plaque can even help freshen your dog’s breath. It doesn’t hurt that dogs love treats, and we can be sure that your dog will appreciate dental treats as much as you appreciate the benefits to their oral hygiene. The positive effects of dental treats on oral hygiene are further compounded when combined with daily tooth-brushing. 


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Dog chews help remove plaque from teeth.

5. Dog Chews are also an effective method of fighting oral pathology in dogs

When dogs gnaw on Dog Chews, they scrape off layers of plaque that has built up their teeth. Dog chews made of meat have the added benefit of introducing natural enzymes to the mouth which protect against bacteria and plaque. Rubber or nylon chew toys can be effective methods of plaque removal as well, especially if your dog is on a calorie-restricted diet.


6. Get a professional cleaning done by a Veterinarian

Vets are highly experienced and expertly trained to know what is best for your dog’s oral health. Vets are equipped to handle any issues that they come across when examining your dog’s mouth, and will be able to recognize and address issues that would be glossed over during inspections by even the most dedicated dog owners. 

Your dog relies on you to know what is best for their health and how to prevent issues like general periodontitis and beyond. Use these tips to ensure that your dog gets the oral hygiene care that they deserve. Remember that you can always refer to your vet if you discover issues with your dog’s mouth that require treatment and care that are beyond your capabilities. 


Fon Jon Pet Care is a full-service doggie daycare and pet boarding facility located in San Diego. We offer training classes, in-lodge training, pet bathing and more. Call us today at (858)-280-3605 to learn more about Fon Jon.

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