Dental Care for Dogs

Puppy with tooth brush

Dental Care for Dogs

You put a lot of thought into keeping your dog healthy with quality food, routine checkups and plenty of exercise. But what about canine dental care for your pet?

Canine dental health is an often-overlooked but important factor in your dog’s overall health. If your canine has a toothache or sore gums, they’re dealing with pain and stress that you may not be aware of. Left untreated, bacteria introduced by the problem can enter the bloodstream and affect your dog’s heart, kidneys or liver.

Reports show that an estimated 85 percent of dogs over the age of 4 are suffering from some form of periodontal disease, a painful oral condition that can lead to tooth loss and infection. But the good news is that all of these problems are preventable with regular dental care for dogs and professional checkups.

Like regular grooming or the daily walks outside, dental care should be something your dog comes to expect each day. But it won’t happen overnight; most dogs take some time getting used to someone poking around in their mouth.

Most experts agree that daily brushing is ideal, but if that’s unrealistic, aim for three to four times per week. And don’t be an overachiever – if your pup’s patience only lasts long enough for you to brush half his teeth today and the other half tomorrow, that’s fine.

And while dogs can’t care for their teeth themselves, they can help by gnawing on the right product. A good long chew can help scrape away plaque and dirt, and most dogs are happy to comply. Natural choices include rawhide or a knucklebone. Some dogs won’t bite on these natural choices, but many do enjoy chewing artificial bones or chew toys. Try a variety to see what your dog likes and ask your vet for recommendations.

Good dental care for dogs – both at home and from a professional – is a major part of your dog’s health care. With some patience and dedication, it can easily become a part of your lifestyle.

Call our office today to schedule an appointment to ensure that your dog is receiving the best canine dental health care in Idaho Falls. Our staff is here to help make taking care of your pet’s oral health easy for you, while making it as painless and comfortable for your canine friend as possible.


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Thank you so much for all the care you give to my cats. Azazel did great after her last dental. She bounced right back after she got home. ...

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