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Dog Dental Care: Preventing Canine Dental Disease

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Dog dental care: Preventing canine dental disease. Poor oral health can negatively impact a dog's overall health, not just its teeth. For example, leading to health problems, such as gum disease, tooth loss, and cancer of the mouth. As a consequence, infections can then easily spread to other parts of the body, potentially causing serious health issues.

These conditions can cause pain and discomfort in dogs and even death in some extreme cases.

A regular dental check-up with a professional can help detect and prevent oral health problems. This may include a thorough dental exam, cleaning, and possible extractions of damaged or decayed teeth. Additionally, daily cleaning and proper diet can also help maintain your dog's dental health.

Dog Dental Care: Preventing Canine Dental Disease

Maintaining proper dog dental care is crucial for their overall health and well-being. Just like in humans, canine dental disease can lead to a host of health issues if left untreated. Regular dental care, helps prevent dental disease.

What are the Benefits of Canine Dental Hygiene?

Prevents dental problems: Regular dental care prevents tartar build-up, gum disease, and tooth decay. These can all cause pain, infection, and tooth loss.

Improves overall health: Canine dental disease not only affects your dog's oral health but also their overall health. In fact, bacteria from the mouth can spread to other parts of the body, potentially causing serious health issues such as heart, liver, and kidney problems.

Saves money: Regular dental care can help prevent expensive dental procedures that may be necessary to treat advanced dental-related issues.

Helps maintain fresh breath: Dogs with poor dental hygiene can develop bad breath, which can make them unpleasant to be around.

Improved Digestion: Proper dental hygiene can improve your dog's ability to chew food, making digestion easier and more efficient.

Identify oral tumours: Dogs can develop tumours in the mouth. Regular dental checks can pick up any such issues.  Early detection is important for treatment and management.

How Often Does My Dog Need Professional Dental Checks?

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The frequency of professional teeth cleaning for dogs depends on various factors, including the dog's age, breed, diet, and dental health status.

As a rule, dogs with healthy teeth and gums may only need a professional cleaning once a year. Unlike dogs with pre-existing dental problems who may require more frequent cleanings, possibly every 3 or 6 months.


Do not give your dog anything to chew on that is harder than their teeth. It will cause their teeth to crack or break.


It's important to consult with your veterinarian or canine dental professional to determine the appropriate frequency of professional teeth cleaning for your dog. They can perform a thorough dental examination and recommend a dental care routine tailored to your dog's specific needs.

In addition to professional cleaning, it's also essential to establish a regular dental care routine at home. This will help maintain your dog's oral health and reduce the need for frequent professional cleanings.

How do I Care for My Dog's Teeth at Home?

Brush your dog's teeth regularly: Brush your dog's teeth at least once a week with a toothbrush and toothpaste made specifically for dogs.

Clean their teeth naturally: Using medical grade gauze and coconut oil, clean their teeth daily. Click here for a demonstration at the 6.14min mark of the video.

Feed a balanced diet: that promotes oral health, such as raw feeding. If you need assistance in developing a raw food plan, you can find a pet nutritionist here: 

Give bones: Giving your dog bones to chew on can help keep their teeth clean and strong. Note:  Importantly, do not give them anything to chew on that is harder than their teeth as it will cause their teeth to crack or break.  Try PetWell's Roo Tail Chunks as an alternative to rawhide chews and antlers.

Read more for Top Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy

In Summary

Address any oral health problems promptly. Regular dental care for your dog will prevent tooth infections and maintain their oral health. In short, if you suspect your dog has a tooth infection, seek vet care as soon as possible to diagnose and treat the problem before it becomes more serious. This will ensure your dog's mouth stays healthy, contributing to its overall well-being.

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this email and website are not to be taken as medical advice. The team at PetWell encourages you to make your own pet healthcare decisions based on your research. And in partnership with a qualified pet healthcare professional.

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