and tooth loss are a fact of life for small dogs as their bred-down mouth
size crowds their teeth.
use their paws the way we do our hands. They rely on their teeth to pull
things to or away from them and to eat. Imagine how much harder your dog's
life would be without his teeth.
are not just unsightly and smelly, gum infections can cause disease even
serious ones such as liver or heart disease.
provide regular dental care for your dog. That means brushing his teeth
at least two or three times a week (ideally brush every
day) and giving him one or more dental aids every day.
have to use all these dental aids here - pick the type of brush, toy/chew
that most appeals to you both and then stick to it!
At some point,
all dogs will need professional dental cleaning which requires general
anesthesia and may cost (depending on your location) $200-$600. Daily
brushing may help prolong the time when your dog needs that expensive
an excellent 3-minute video on dental health and how to brush your dog's
information on the products below, click on the product name or picture.
is an excellent value for about $7 - a toothbrush with two ends
(small and large bristles), a toothbrush for your finger and poultry
flavored toothpaste, all designed for dogs.
experimented with all the toothbrushes out there and like the simple
one the best. You only have to brush your dog's outer teeth and
the longer handle of this toothbrush makes it easy, at least for
me, to use it. Try
both sizes of bristles and the finger brush and see which one works
the best for you and your dog.
this finger brush fit my hand well (some are so big that you risk
having them slide off and possibly choke your dog), I don't like
them because it is hard to get residue toothpaste out of their groves.
You need to scrub the head.
dogs do not like having someone's hand in their mouth so be gentle
and reward your dog with treats when you're done. He'll soon learn
to tolerate it. Nearly every dog will love the flavored toothpaste.
TIP: If your dog hates, absolutely hates, having your hand
in his mouth, wait until he's a sleep to brush his teeth. He may wake up a bit or he may be groggy, but odds are he lets you finish your
job and goes right back to sleep.
makes excellent products for humans and a Biotene Drinking Water Additive for dogs and
cats. I don't use the latter and if you use the gel, it will take
care of any doggy breath so don't buy both products.
do not use Biotene brand for humans. It contains a substance (xylitol)
which is dangerous for dogs.
caveat: still use a toothbrush. Apply the gel on the brush the way
you would a toothpaste and brush. That motion is necessary to obtain
the best tartar-reducing results and remove particles between the
people prefer Tropiclean
Fresh Breath Clean Teeth Gel for Pets
which is considered a 'natural' product and often sold in holistic;
i.e., overpriced, pet stores. It's usually cheaper than Biotene
and seems to prevent bad breath. I'm so-so on it for tartar control.
This is a maintenance product, not something I would rely on to
clean a dog's neglected teeth after years of tartar buildup.
the toothbrush I use and recommend is the single head of bristles,
some people prefer to double or triple. In theory they are great
because you can brush the front and back of your dog's teeth in
found those difficult to use because the toothbrush heads are larger
which made it more difficult to get into my small dog's mouth and
I couldn't wrap the bristles around her molars or back teeth.
you want to try these other styles, two of the most popular are:
a convert to this product after a totally unscientific experiment
with a friend who fosters shelter dogs. Most of the dogs come to
her with tartar and plaque build-up and often have bad breath.
most dramatic improvement in tartar reduction, however, came from
Oral Hygiene Rinse.The product comes
with a plastic straw-like applicator, and you simply spray your
dog's upper teeth. It's easy to use and my dog didn't seem to mind
works so well because it contains the 'magic' ingredient for canine
dental care: chlorhexidine which is the gold standard for oral antiseptics.
Look for this ingredient in your dog's dental products.
product worked so well, I bought it for my own dog and highly recommend
your dog can't tolerate having a plastic toothbrush of some type
in his mouth, these are a good alternative. They should be used
They remind me of baby wipes. Do be careful and hold on tight as
your dog's saliva will make them slippery. I assume a dog could
choke trying to swallow one so get a new wipe if you can't keep
a grip on the current one.
can fold one over your finger to use it or fold it in half so it
covers your dog's front and back teeth. See what configuration works
best for you.
dog likes the flavor. If you can convince your dog to let you put
your hand in his mouth, you should be able to use this product with
are the granddaddy's of chew toys. The small nubs on these toys
help clean teeth and massage gums.
are excellent for dogs that love to chew and you can buy 'stronger'
versions for strong chewers. If your dog prefers soft or plush toys
to harder surfaces, then you might skip down to the next product
will need to replace the Nylabone toy with a new one when the knuckles
on the toy have worn down.
vet recommended these and my dog loves them. All I have to do is
pick up the package and she starts a little dance.
shouldn't but do use them to keep my dog occupied when I'm trying
to do something, such as talk on the phone, and she wants my attention.
I give her a new chew and I might as well not exist.
treats work so well because they contain chlorhexidine to help remove
plaque and reduce tarter. The antiseptic system combines with the
chews’ natural abrasive cleansing action to help keep teeth
clean and breath fresh.
As with any rawhide chew, there is a possibility that a dog could
swallow a piece of it and choke. It's always best to have someone
home whenever you let your dog have this or any other chew.
only negative is that you may not like the smell and it's especially
strong when you first give a new chew to your dog.
don't buy the petite size regardless of your dog's weight. The medium
works for small dogs, such as my Toy Poodle. Your dog's saliva will
make the toy both pliable and reduced in size so you don't want
to start out with something that he will be able to swallow as soon
as he's had it in his mouth for a few minutes.
probably seen the amusing television commercial for doggy dentures
and the Dentastix that make them unnecessary!
manufacturer states there have been clinical tests that prove the
effectiveness of this product. There is anecdotal evidence, but
I was not able to find any reports in veterinary journals that describe
the effectiveness of any dental treats.