May dog owners overlook the value and importance of oral care when getting a dog and seldom include it in their pets routine maintenance like regular grooming. Dogs are like people in that the more their teeth are brushed the better their oral hygiene will be! Oral care for your dog is just as important as your own. Adding this habit to your dogs maintenance regiment can add years to their life, keep their breath fresh, and alert you to any potential oral related problems early.
Many experts agree that owners should brush their dogs teeth about 3-5 times per week to keep them in optimal shape. Many pet stores sell dog friendly toothpaste and brushes that are specifically designed to accomplish this task. Failure to do this can lead to periodontal disease, and the sad fact is that 7 or 8 out of pets at their time of passing suffer from some stage of this disease! Make sure that when brushing you don’t use your typical toothpaste (it can be harmful to dogs), but instead buy dog specific toothpaste or you can make your own with baking soda and water.
There are also many kinds of new supplements out now that you can add to your dogs water which will help in oral hygiene and reduce the natural build up of plaque, however, as a natural dog treat and chew company we recommend keeping it as simple as possible. Bully Sticks are also great when chewed because they become soft and act as a sort of natural floss.