Oral and Dental Care

Plaque and tartar cause gum disease, which in turn may lead to periodontal disease and painful loss of teeth. Dental care should include regular dental check-ups and tartar removal with your veterinarian, and dental care at home.

By the tender age of three, a great percentage of dogs show signs of gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease leads to tooth decay and tooth loss. Other problems, such as a chipped or fractured tooth, can cause infection, which may necessitate extracting the tooth. Worse still, untreated problems can have a domino effect on overall health, leading to heart, lung, and kidney disease.

  • Have a veterinarian examine your dog’s teeth at least once a year. This is the best way to identify problems before they become too serious
  • Daily teeth brushing are very important. Starting this habit early can make it a fantastic experience for you and your dog. It is extremely important to use special toothpaste made for dogs; never use human toothpaste.
  • The following are vital signs of gum or teeth disease:
  •        - Bad breath, from bacterial growth in food trapped between teeth. 
           - Reluctance to chew food or toys.
           - Excessive Drooling, more than what it used to be.
           - Tooth discoloration.


  • Feed a diet of dry food. Dry dog food (kibble) is abrasive, helping to keep the teeth clean.
  • Provide the right toys.