My, what nice teeth your dog has

May 9th, 2021

Dog Grooming, Dog Healthcare

5 min.

Veterinarians and owners alike are starting to ask what more they can do to care for their dogs teeth and here we give you some ideas for preventative measures that you can take.


Feeding a raw diet has proven to assist with cleaning a dogs teeth and freshening their breath, but for some dogs especially those with a crooked bite, other steps can be taken to keep them in good oral health.

My, What Nice Teeth Your Dog Has


  • Brushing your dog’s teeth daily is the best way to keep your dog’s dental hygiene in check
  • Dental chews and the correct diet has some effect in reducing plaque
  • Your dog should be slowly trained to accept having their teeth brushed using positive training methods
  • If your dog’s teeth have a large amount of plaque on them, you should seek the advice of your vet
If your dog’s teeth are not regularly cleaned, the plaque can build up and turn into tartar. This has a solid, brown, gritty look and feel and can lead to inflammation and tenderness which is no fun for your dog to contend with while trying to eat. It can also go on to cause gingivitis and gum disease.
If you’re looking for a good toothpaste to get started with, we recommend Dorwest – Roast dinner toothpaste for dogs.
This toothpaste offers a great incentive for dogs to tolerate having their teeth brushed and we’ve had great reviews from dog owners.
Prevention is better than cure – unlike the dentists for humans, when a dog goes to the vet for their version of a hygiene appointment this will on most occasions require a general anaesthetic, which always carries a small risk for every dog as well as expense to the owner.
Don’t use a regular toothpaste for humans on your dog!
Your regular toothpaste can contain chemicals which are toxic to dogs
Avoid processed dental chews:
There is an increase in dental chews on the market, most of these are cereal based and there are some alarming reports on the products and the effects on your dog in addition to the calorific intake.
How to get started with your dog’s teeth
Start getting your dog comfortable with having their teeth cleaned from as early an age as possible so that they associate this experience with a positive reward.
To begin the training, do this at a time when your dog is comfortable and relaxed, take it slowly, keep sessions short and stop while your dog is still happy (you don’t want to teach your dog to stop treatment by wriggling) and begin using the following steps:
  • Stroke your dog’s cheek gently back and forth to get them used to your hand being by their mouth. You should aim to do this for the first two to three days before continuing to the next step.
  • Introduce some dog toothpaste on your finger, allowing your dog to lick it off
  • After the dog has shown that they enjoy the toothpaste, start to run your finger along the inside of their mouth, following the gum line
  • If your dog is comfortable allowing you to do this then, after a few days, you can introduce the toothbrush, allowing your dog to lick the toothbrush with the dog toothpaste on (don’t put the toothbrush in their mouth just yet!)
  • Okay, so they’re now comfortable with licking the toothbrush? It’s time to start brushing those teeth. Start gently; targeting the front teeth first you should make gentle round motions, stopping regularly to allow them to lick the toothbrush (so they’re continuously rewarded).
  • Once your dog is happy to let you brush their front teeth and their canines, you can move onto the back teeth, repeating the stopping and starting process
After a few weeks you should be able to gently brush your dog’s teeth without any fuss. If you can, try to focus brushing where the teeth meet the gum.
Don’t despair if you have an older dog though – it will take longer, but you can still train them to accept tooth brushing
There are many foods, chews and treatments that you can add to the water and mouthwashes that claim to help reduce dental plaque and, while they probably help to some degree, daily tooth brushing is by far the best way to keep your pet’s teeth healthy
If your dog’s teeth look like they have a large build-up of plaque you should seek the advice of your vet as they may need professional attention.
And remember a raw diet is always going to be the best form of dental chew with many owners using this diet alone to control plaque and bad breath
And remember, if you’re in doubt about any aspect of your dogs health, always speak to your dogs veterinarian.

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