Toothbrushes aren’t just for people! When it comes to keeping teeth and gums healthy, humans aren’t the only creatures that benefit from a good brushing! For many of the same reasons as people, dogs are subject to gum disease and tooth loss from poor dental health. In fact, it’s estimated that 85% of pets have periodontal disease by the time they’re three years old.
How do you keep your pups teeth in prime shape? They same way your keep your teeth healthy – daily brushing! There’s a variety of toothbrushes and toothpastes designed specifically for dogs that are available at your local pet store or online. The toothbrushes have special handles or are designed to fit onto the end of your finger for better access. They even have peanut butter or chicken-flavored toothpaste to sweeten the deal for your dog!
Brushing your dog’s teeth takes some getting used to and you may want to ease into it until your dog gets used to the routine. If your pup consistently resists brushing there are specially designed chews you can purchase at your vet’s office or at your local pet store that are designed to have some of the benefits of brushing as they munch through the treat.
Keep those canine teeth looking their best with brushing and dental treats. After all, you’re not the only one who likes clean chompers!