Does your dog have healthy teeth? February is National Pet Dental Health Month. I thought it would be a good time to go over our dental regimen, and tell you how we keep our chompers in top condition.
Mom has a policy of brushing our teeth every night before bed starting the day we are adopted. We all love it and really never go up to bed unless out teeth have been brushed. We do brush our teeth with our manual toothbrush and toothpaste a couple nights a week. Mom thinks it helps get some of the stuff our ultrasonic toothbrush loosens off of our teeth. We prefer to use a tartar control toothpaste with our toothbrush.
The best thing we have ever found is our Emmi-Pet ultrasonic toothbrush which we use most nights. It is not cheap, you need replacement brush heads, and the special toothpaste, but it works wonders. I did a review of it last spring if you would like to know more about it. The toothpaste is so yummy, and by just holding the brush on our teeth and gums, all the bad stuff breaks up and falls off. It is truly amazing! Our veterinarian said we all have great teeth, Mom just needed to work a bit more on the far back teeth as there was a little plaque build up. We are excited to see if our back teeth are better at our next visit.
Healthy teeth also need to do some chewing. We have hooves lying around the house we chew on from time to time. Bailie is the main hoof nut, but I indulge now and then, Katie doesn’t like them. Our hooves are from Jones Natural Chews.
We also enjoy chews from Raw Paws Pet Food. (affiliate link) We always have pigs ears, dehydrated cows ears, lamb ears and some beef esophagus on hand to chew on in the evening when we are hanging out. We get one or two of these a week each.
Remember, as with humans, we only get one set of adult teeth, so they need to be taken care of. Good dental health also adds to good overall health, and bad dental health can contribute to serious overall health issues. Make sure and visit your veterinarian to find out how your dog’s teeth are doing and to develop a plan of action to keep healthy teeth in top shape.