04 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

How to Keep Your Small Dog’s Teeth White

You can keep your dog's teeth clean with regular brushing. Photo courtesy Sonny Abesamis, Flickr Follow Me on Pinterest

You can keep your dog’s teeth clean with regular brushing. Photo courtesy Sonny Abesamis, Flickr

“Thanks for keeping my mouth healthy and clean! Woof!”

Stains and yellow coloring can not only affect your dog’s breath, but also their health. Find out how to keep your small dog’s teeth white with easy to follow steps you can do right at home.

How to Keep Your Small Dog’s Teeth White

A whopping 80% of dogs and cats will show signs of periodontal disease, including red and swollen gums, bad breath, pain, and tooth loss. Small and mid-sized dog breeds are especially susceptible.

 

If left untreated, periodontal disease progresses to plaque build up, gum recession, loosened teeth, bad breath, inflammation, and bleeding of the gums, and, eventually, loss of teeth, oral infections, and even poor overall health.

 

Bad breath is usually the first telltale sign that your dog has underlying oral health issues, but you need to tackle more than just the funky breath! An easy to follow (this is key to success) oral health care regimen is extremely important for your dog’s long-term health and also reduces the likelihood of periodontal disease, discomfort for your dog, and costly teeth cleaning visits to the vet, which usually require general anesthetic.

 

In short, it’s time to commit to an action plan! We asked Bluestem, pet oral health care experts, for a routine that works. Here are their four steps to ensuring your dog has a healthy mouth and keeps those teeth! Read more about Dog Health in How to Keep Your Dog’s Smile Pearly White here.

When you learn how to keep your small dog’s teeth white you are saving them from periodontal disease, which can affect their overall health. Regular brushing with a toothpaste made for dogs is the best place to start, along with regular checkups with your veterinarian.

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