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Does My Dog Need Her Teeth Brushed Every Day?


Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He works mostly with dogs and exotic animals.

Which Dog Breeds Need Their Teeth Brushed Every Day?

If your dog has a large mouth and his teeth are spaced far apart (like those of Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Pit Bulls, and other breeds with healthy and normal mouths), if he keeps his mouth closed except when panting, and if his teeth are “scissor” type and come together neatly in the front, you do not need to worry much about dental disease and can probably get by with giving your dog plenty of things to chew on.

What do I mean by "plenty"? Your dog has to chew enough. This should primarily be raw bones. To keep my dogs' teeth clean, I also allow them to chew on coconut husks, wood, rubber, and many other objects. (Do not feed your dog bones that have been sawed and cooked like steak bones, pork chop bones, or rib bones. They can cause blockages, and besides that, are not much good for cleaning the teeth.) The CET chews are helpful, as are plain rawhide strips, rope toys, and many of the other chewing toys sold by pet shops.

Chewing is good.

If your dog has a short upper or lower jaw and his teeth do not come together (like Pugs, Bulldogs, Shih Tzus, Boxers, and other brachycephalic breeds), he breathes through an open mouth, or he has normal jaws but they are tiny and the teeth are too close together (like the Maltese, Yorkie, Miniature Pinscher, and some other small breeds) daily brushing is vital to prevent tartar buildup, gingivitis, and the eventual development of periodontal disease.

But What About MY Puppy?

Some people argue "his teeth are going to fall out anyway". Do not think that way.

If you start out with a puppy and teach your little guy that daily brushing is normal it will not be a problem for you to complete this task each day. The biggest headache in my experience is when owners ignore the problem until the dog is several years old and early periodontal disease is diagnosed during a visit to the vet. The dog needs a professional cleaning to start but after that requires daily brushing. This proves difficult when the dog is not used to the owner sticking fingers or other foreign objects into the mouth.

Older dogs have a difficult time accepting this procedure. Yes, puppy teeth will fall out. No, it does not matter.

Start when your dog is still a puppy.

How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

If you have never brushed your older dog's teeth before, take her in for an exam. Your dog's teeth cannot be cleaned at home. She might need a good scaling, ultrasonic scraping, and polishing. If there are already pockets of infection, your vet might recommend she be put on antibiotics and have her toys taken away until things clear up.

As soon as the teeth are clean, it is up to you to keep them that way. To brush your dog's teeth every day:

  1. If she is small, put her up on a table because dogs feel overwhelmed when you are leaning over them.
  2. The first day, just put your finger under the lips and give her a lot of praise. You can let her lick a little toothpaste off of the tip of your finger just to get used to the taste. (I use this chicken flavored product for my small dog's teeth. Never use human toothpaste as there is no way for her to spit it up and it will upset her stomach.) Don’t stress her out. Let her smell her new toothbrush (I like the finger toothbrush because a lot of dogs seem a lot less threatened by a fingertip in the mouth) and then give her a treat, keeping it a positive experience.
  3. The next day, put her up on the table again and let her smell the toothpaste and the finger brush, give her a small piece of cheese or other tasty treat, and touch her teeth a little more. Do not rush things, even if it seems to be going perfectly. It will take about a week if you go slowly, but at the end of that time your dog should allow you to give her teeth a proper cleaning.

Simple, isn't it? If your dog is adamant about not having her mouth messed with and you cannot handle her, find a behaviorist or trainer that is willing to work with her and teach you what needs to be done; your dog will eventually become amenable and accept your help. Don’t ignore the problem or she will pay for it and will eventually suffer due to your lack of effort.

Your friend deserves your time and effort!

What Happens If I Do Not Have Time to Brush My Dog's Teeth?

Taking in and caring for your dog seems like a lot of work sometimes. You have to feed her, groom her, train her to behave and not to tear up your house, and provide her with plenty of exercise. On top of all of that, you are also expected to brush her teeth every day.

Why not just ignore this chore and enjoy the dog?

If you ignore this problem, there are consequences, and bad breath is only one of them. Your dog's gums will become inflamed, and pockets of pus will develop. She will have loose teeth, a sore mouth, and eventually will have a sore stomach and bowel problems from having to swallow all that pus. When she eats, the bacteria will be released into the bloodstream and it can get lodged on the lining of the heart (endocarditis) and can eventually lead to congestive heart failure. The bacteria are also filtered out by the kidneys and liver, so she might also have problems with those two vital organs.

Avoid those problems. Start brushing your dog's teeth every day.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 23, 2012:

Definitely. My Pit is fine without just chewing (she shreds coconut every day, which is kind of like flossing) but smaller breeds definitely need help.

DoItForHer on June 23, 2012:

Cool. Brushing only on the outside is significantly better than not brushing at all. Would that be an appropriate statement?

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 23, 2012:

Most of the plaque and tartar we deal with when cleaning is on the outside so there is not much need to open the mouth. It does make it a lot easier and it definitely needs to be done on the little ones.

DoItForHer on June 23, 2012:

I meant not opening the dog's mouth to get the inside, but just lifting the lip and brushing with the teeth closed.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 23, 2012:

I really do not know how they were basing their estimate. Most of the problems start on the outside of the teeth with plaque leading to tartar leading to gum disease, so brushing would prevent almost everything (there would be a very few with gingivitis secondary t medications, internal diseases, etc).

DoItForHer on June 23, 2012:

I read somewhere that something like 96% of dental problems occur on the outside of dogs' teeth. Do you know if this is true? If so, that would make brushing teeth easier for a lot of owners.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 10, 2012:

Since cats are obligate carnivores the food companies have not been able to sell as much junk as they have for dogs. There are a lot of good cat foods out there so I really can not recommend one over the other.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 10, 2012:

Hi, DrMark--just came back to these comments. I've looked for different foods for my dog but don't know what's best. I have 5 cats and don't know if I can afford the best with them. They do well....I'm going to read your hub on premium foods. Thanks!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 06, 2012:

Hi Victoria Lynn. There is always a risk, it is based on the examination of his heart, lungs, pre-anesthetic blood work(on an 8 yr old dog it is worthwhile paying the extra 50 bucks for the blood work. I have a 14 yr old Maltese and would never put him under wout bloodwork). But is the risk greater than the periodontal disease, secondary vegetative endocarditis, liver failure, etc? Not usually.

Did you see my hub about premium foods and longevity? I wrote it after reading your hub about frugality. I watched an Iams commercial after that and noticed they are careful to never state anything definite, just that their dog food makes dogs healtheir thus they live longer, neither of which they can prove.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 06, 2012:

DrMark--is there any danger with anesthesia for a dog at 8 years old? He's a shih tzu, pekingnese, terrier mix. You're right about him looking a lot like a Maltese. He weighs about 17 lbs. Thanks!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 01, 2012:

It would be hard for me to say without probing but just looking at his picture (a Maltese cross?) I would think he would have problems, would definitely be one of the dogs who would suffer from secondary diseases if the teeth are not cared for properly

I had to put my Maltese under anesthesia every year when he was younger!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 01, 2012:

My dog doesn't fight too much when I brush his teeth. I don't do it very often, so I'm bad about that. The vet says he has only slight issues. Do you think him going under for a teeth cleaning is worth it? I worry too much about anesthesia, I guess. I don't know whether or not to start fresh in that way or just brush as well as I can from now on and see how it goes.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 26, 2012:

Thanks Kristen. I want to put a lik in for your page for those not able to do the necessary brushing every day

Kristen Haynie from Scotia, CA on May 26, 2012:

This is great information! Very helpful and informative!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 18, 2012:

Thanks for the comment Nadene

I have a Pit cross at the moment and she does not need daily toothbrushing because she shreds coconut every time we go for a walk, but my Maltese was like your Pom, a sad case because of his tiny mouth. Anyone willing to get a small dog or a dog with a brachycephalic skull needs to be willing to take extra care of them.

Nadene Seiters from Elverson, PA on May 18, 2012:

Wow! I really liked this article. I have two dogs and they do not have any dental disease because I give them plenty to chew on, plus neither of them are a small breed. I did have a Pomeranian I rescued off the street that had to have over ten teeth pulled in one surgery, it was horrific and expensive. I never got the chance to teach him to have his teeth brushed. He died of a brain tumor. But in the future I would like to get another small dog and this is great advice on how to train them!


So to sum things up…

Brush your dog’s teeth daily with an electric toothbrush.

If that’s unreasonable with your schedule, or your dog won’t tolerate it, make sure your dog is at least getting professional teeth cleanings at the vet.

Use toothpaste for dogs from the veterinarian without fluoride.

Replace the head every three months.

Floss and tongue scrape if you can.

No refined carbs, wheat products, or sweet treats or human junk food.
Dry dog kibble only!

Sanitize your dog’s toothbrush as you would your own
And don’t confuse your dog’s toothbrush with your own (I’m worried about your dog)!


Vets INSISTING Dogs must have their teeth brushed every day - Is this true?

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Sounds like a real upsell. Daily? Who the fuck has time for that?

I started going to a new dentist earlier this year, and got a cleaning in June. When I came in for some work to be done in September, they did another cleaning, which they noted was necessary, and I said sure, why not? I got a call a few weeks ago from the receptionist asking if I wanted to get the rest of my work done by the end of the year (I need a couple bridges), and she said, "We can schedule you in at the beginning of December for those, and a cleaning as well." Three cleanings in six months, that seems excessive. When I was younger, it was once a year.

Whether it's dogs or people, lots of cleanings seems excessive, and stressful.

Every day?! More like every hour.

Not a vet, but a dedicated and long-time cat owner.

I would say every day is probably overkill, but it should probably done often, especially if an animal's diet consists of dry food. That might be why your vet harps on it so hard because the dry stuff builds up in the teeth differently than wet food does. And the reason that dental health is so important is to keep the kidney function high for as long as possible. The toxins from the mouth have a huge impact on the mouth, and the more that's allowed to build up in there, the faster the kidneys will fail.

And I wouldn't do multiple cleanings a year. Once is plenty.

OP, I have a 1 year old pug. He's had one cleaning at the dog dentist that comes to my vet once a month. He has pearly white teeth and a "PERFECT ARCH" (seriously - he looks like he's had orthodontia work his mouth is so perfect and teeth so straight) and I would like to keep his teeth perfect if I can. But my vet suggests this cleaning to be done once or twice a year.

I also have a tooth brush and dog toothpaste (it's chicken flavor) and I've tried doing more, but all he does is lick the toothpaste, chew the brush, and doesn't really let me brush his teeth. I don't see how he would tolerate a daily tooth brushing - he considers it a play activity.

I think everyday may be a bit much, my vet didn't say he needs it everyday, but did say he should come in once or twice a year for a proper cleaning.

I just remembered a dream I had this morning in which a pug was biting my hand as I was trying to feed him. And there are no pugs in my life or the life of anyone I know.

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Yes, everyday. And it's not that big of a deal.

I've found it's easiest with one of those little finger brushes people use with babies. They sell them at baby stories--a rubber sleeve with soft rubber bristles that slips over your forefinger. A little doggie toothpaste, and you're good to go.

My airedale, who has been through terrible things, was used as a fighting dog, had his teeth ground down to the pulp by a former shitbag owner, and has shattered nerves lets me brush his teeth without any trouble. Actually, I think he likes it.

If you can switch him to raw meat / raw bones diet (research BARF diet - it's an acronym), then you don't need to worry so much about his teeth. Our old dog bounced back with vigor and became an appropriate weight when we switched him. We don't even buy organic - just the cheapest raw meat and raw bones (cooked chicken bones can kill them / puncture, so never give them cooked chicken bones - raw necks are good, though). Also, give him a few bits of raw veggies when you're chopping in the kitchen. That's all he needs.

oh, and don't squeeze the anal sac.

OP post a pic of you rpug.

Oh and R1 - I totally agree. I would get my regular cleanings about every 6 months. I went to a new dentist a couple weeks ago, for a cleaning and exam. I did have a small cavity on my wisdom tooth so he filled that. BUT he also said he wouldn't do the cleaning. He refused.

He said I needed a deep cleaning. Which is 220 dollars PER quadrant - a total of 880 dollars. Now, he measured my gum pockets which were 1-2cm. A healthy mouth is 1-3cm. If you have 4cm or greater you need a deep cleaning. WTF?

I think it's a scam. At the same time I've never had a deep cleaning before so I am getting it done next week. But it's a lot of money for a teeth cleaning. He scared me saying I should do it now so I don't have problems later.

My previous dentist didn't ever say anything about a deep cleaning.

We have a 5 year old English bulldog and we've never brushed his teeth. I'm quite sure he wouldn't stand for it. When we took him for a check-up a few months ago, the vet commented that he has good teeth. I hope they stay that way because it would take one of us to wrestle him down and the other to do the brushing and even then, it would not go well.

People should brush their teeth several times a day why not once a day for a dog? We're not that dissimilar. That said, when I adopted my boy, he was 5 and a half, and had belonged to an old lady who died (my husband and I affectionately referred to her as "Grandma"). He hadn't seen the vets more than once or twice by the time we adopted him. He hadn't been neutered until Grandma's relatives turned him over to a rescue, so we knew she didn't see the need to go to the vet very often.

We had the full anesthetic cleaning done, and then took him once a month to the vet's teeth clinic for a brushing/non-anesthetic cleaning. They had a program in which if you did it once a month it was only $20, but if you skipped a month, the next was $40, and if you skipped more then a couple of months it was the same as an initial visit (about $130), so the idea was to keep you coming in regularly. I think it really helped.

He hated it when I tried to brush his teeth, and I have to admit I gave up. It was a real motivator to take the couple of hours to get him into the clinic, though. I felt it was too hard to teach him to brush daily at his advanced years, but when I adopt a puppy, I'm going to start from day one and keep his or her teeth in much better shape.

The reason for the daily cleaning is because plague hardens in a short amount of time. If you get in daily, it's still soft, and comes off like flaky scum. If you wait, it hardens into scales that have to be scraped off--by a professional. By taking care of their teeth now, you won't have to have teeth pulled, deal with perio disease later. It only takes a few seconds.

By the way, in the documentary on Valentino the fashion designer, there's some cute footage of his pugs getting their teeth brushed at night.

yeah it is important, in some breeds more important than others. Look up on YOUTUBE how to do it correctly.

You will be glad you did. The overall health of the dog does rely on hygiene

Does licking their teeth every day count?

You should make every effort to do it. R7 and R14, R15 have good advice. Animals seem to be like us in that some are more prone to tartar and gum disease than others - maybe diet or the breed - don't know why just that they are. It gets worse with age and the calcification gets really gross. Much better to find some method of regular care and to avoid anethesia especially for small animals. My Yorkie developed this problem and eventually was too fragile for anethesia. She had kidney failure. I would definitely brush daily if I got another dog.

Human dentists really push cleanings hard. I've had periodontic replacement tissue grafts in the past, which the specialist very clearly indicated were NOT due to disease! Yet the dentist has insisted I had to have four month cleanings rather than six month ones for the first year, and tried hard to push me to do four month ones thereafter until I resisted.

Then we need to put bristles on their balls.

What I've heard vets recommend is maybe once every other week. However, most dogs hate having their mouth forcibly open and their teeth messed with. We take our dog once every couple of years for plaque removal. Unlike with people, it's not a simple procedure: the dog needs to be put under sedation and then he has to stay in the animal clinic pretty much the whole day, just like with any other surgery that requires anaesthesia. Those Dentastix treats also do a pretty good job in terms of keeping their teeth reasonably clean, and it's much easier than trying to brush your dog's teeth yourself.

[quote] most dogs hate having their mouth forcibly open.

Who's forcing anyone's mouth open?

You take a finger of your left hand, and lift their LIP. With the finger brush on your right index finger, you do the front teeth, the side teeth, and plunge into the back. Your dog will naturally open their jaw a little to lick the toothpaste, so you'll be able to get lower and upper teeth.

Then wash your finger brush, more peanut butter-flavored toothpaste, and do the other half of their mouth.

Only the outer face of the teeth, not the inner. Dogs clean the inner sides of their teeth with their tongues.

I don't. My dog growing up lived to be 17 and never had his teeth brushed. He never had issues either. I think it's overkill.

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3 year old pug here. I have read the thing about everyday tooth brushing being necessary as opposed to once a week. It's true that the raw diet will help a lot with teeth (I use Darwin's Pet food, which is home delivered if you live in Portland or Seattle and otherwise will ship to you).

The trick to brushing the teeth is that they need to chew on the brush. Get cheap kid's sized toothbrushes and put the chicken flavored toothpaste on the brush and let the dog chew the brush while you hold the end. Most pugs are up for this. Pugs are notorious for not letting you open their mouths, but at least it's funny to watch them pucker their lips to keep you from doing it.

Everybody's pugs are incredibly adorable.

Flea shots and oral care are the Vet's bread and butter.

Who cleans wolve's and tiger's teeth?

It is VERY important to brush your dogs teeth. My vet says 3 or 4 times a week is best. Not every day because you don't want to irritate their gums. NEVER use human tooth paste. It is poisonous to dogs. You can get a 3 tube pack of dog tooth paste at Petsmart for about $5. It comes in beef or chicken flavor & my dogs love it. & don't bother buying one of those expensive tooth brushes for dogs. All tooth brushes are the same. I use a soft tooth brush from the dollar store. The dog kind of chews it & you have to use new ones every few weeks.

Isn't this what a bone is for? Aren't dogs supposed to chew a bone to keep their teeth clean?

Dogs survived for thousands of years without needing someone to brush their teeth. I think some of you are fools for buying into it!

This is why I don't like having dogs put under anesthesia they alway pull a few teeth.

I've had airedales, dachshunds, and cocker spaniels feed them apples.

(R31) That's what I used to think. But with soft dog food & some treats, dogs get rotten teeth. I had a black lab that lived to be 17, but the last 5 yrs. of her life her teeth were rotting & you could smell her breath across the room. Plus, it cuts down on vet bills for expensive cleanings or other health problem like gum issues

I forgot to say my vet also recommends the real Milk-Bone brand dog treats. She says they have something in them that reduces tarder

Average lifespan of wolves (wild): 6 years

Average lifespan of pet dogs: 12-18*

Obviously, a dog's teeth have to last much longer than a wolf's, for those of you comparing the two. Unless you have an Irish Wolfhound, you really should brush their teeth.

You should TOTALLY brush your dog's teeth. My dog got her teeth brushed every night. I just used a baby toothbrush (soft) and this green solution I bought from the vet. I'd just gently brush her teeth. Yes, it takes awhile for them to get used to it but after awhile it starts to feel good for them. In the back, she also had some gums that were not in good shape so I bought a little rubbery gum massager thing from CVS and in no time her gums were really great. Once you get a routine, it only takes about four minutes.

My neighbors never brushed their dog's teeth and as a result as their dogs got older a lot of teeth had to be pulled. My dog lived very long and had NO teeth pulled and the vet said her teeth were perfect.

Having you dog put under with anesthesia for these cleanings is VERY dangerous. Usually the vet tech is some high schooler and while most are very good some get very distracted and have killed pets.

Vets make a lot of $$ when pet owners don't brush their pet's teeth. Expensive cleanings, anesthesia, pullings.

My dog (a Golden) ate a raw diet her entire life and had beautiful white teeth and no dog breath ever.

That shitty dry dog food is what ruins their teeth. It's like feeding a dog potato chips their entire life.

r40 that is true, but there are 'dental diets' that actually do work for reducing tartar. I knew vets who used them. Dental sticks are also helpful.

Raw diets are also good, but you need to do your research and get a good source.

Some breeds like GSDs are prone to GI tract sensitivity and don't do well on raw diets. It depends on their lines.

Many of these dogs are prone to dental issues due to poor breeding.

A lot of this is a money grab for vets. They over-vaccinate and insist on expensive dental cleanings most dogs don't need. Don't even start me on all the 'alternative' treatments now.

The goal for feeding a Raw Food Diet to dogs is to introduce all-natural foods in order to replicate what wolves, the domestic dog's ancestor, naturally eat in the wild. By forgoing commercial kibble and instead eating a combination of uncooked bones, meats, small amounts of vegetables and fruit (optional), and organs, raw food enthusiasts believe that dogs can achieve a better state of overall health than their commercially-fed counterparts.

I had to look this up. Thought it might help someone else.

R42, we switched our dog about a year ago (when my partner moved in and I insisted) from the cheapest dog food at the store plus the occasional bone (his diet for 13 years) to raw meat, bones and veggies (+ occasional organs or marrow). He had lots of sores (turns out cheap shampoo is also a problem - he now uses the same soap we use. ) and was skin and bones. He immediately took to his new diet. We only need to feed him 0.75 pounds a day or less. We pay $2/lb, and it's pre-ground chicken necks and bones. He's a medium-sized spaniel mix, around 32 pounds. Larger dogs need larger quantities.

The raw diet is supposed to make dogs stop overeating after they've been on it awhile. Our dog has food issues, though, and this was never the case with him. Initially, he got a little fat at 1# daily plus veg scraps, so we reduced his intake. He's quite healthy for such an old dog. His coat is thicker and shiny.

I take my cat in once a year for dental cleaning. If I ever tried to brush her teeth I would need stitches and antibiotics. The Woo don't play.

Dogs will put up with a lot more than cats.

I think you will find if you feed your dogs properly with meat and bones instead of tinned crap and dried food their teeth will be fine. I was looking at a nature program on TV recently and noticed the wolves teeth were perfect due to chewing bones and meat which cleaned their teeth at the same time. My german shepherds teeth are fine due to this process.

The bottom line is just brush his teeth a couple times a week. it can't hurt. Just DON'T use human tooth paste.

Just started this thread , got to the pics of OP's and R11 pugs. Aww, I want one now!

Ugh, people who use internet-bastardized expressions.

And dog people are the best. Really.

OP did you perchance see the 20/20 on Friday night about this very subject? A contrite formerly pushy vet was confessing to the many ways that vets squeeze the cash out of loving pet owners and teeth cleaning was numero uno.

The professional in office cleanings are their goldmine since they require anesthesia.

It depends on the dog. Our dog would get sick after chewing rawhide toys, so we had to stop giving them to him. Unfortunately, milkbones and his dry food were not enough to clean his teeth.

As he got older, you could see the plaque on his teeth. We tried to brush his teeth, but his mouth was too sensitive. The brushing hurt him. Eventually, we had to have his teeth cleaned under anesthesia at the vet. After the cleaning, his health improved remarkably. He had so much more energy. It was as though he were a little puppy. We now brush his teeth regularly.

r50 do you have to do it under anesthesia each time?

R51, I think it depends on the dog. In our dog's case, it was too painful to do it without. Had we started brushing his teeth earlier, we probably could have avoided the whole mess.

[quote] Everybody's pugs are incredibly adorable.

Pugs are shiteously ugly. Like larger rats.

All pet owners have gone nuts. How did we ever make it to this point.

Isn't there some toy bones that are supposed to do that: clean their teeth?

My dog always buys the wrong toothpaste.

My dog always sprays some chicken fresh breath spray before he kisses me.

No animals (including humans) ever need their teeth brushed.

Sugar really does rot your teeth.

Thanks R47! He is such a great little guy, a very happy dog.

Actually BOTH pug pics posted on this thread are the same dog (one was him last year as a puppy, and the other is him now - he's 1 year old). I don't think OP posted a pic of his pug yet.

Some bones will do the trick, and diet (raw food, for one example) makes an enormous difference as well, but if you start brushing your puppy's teeth from the get-go, they have no problem with it as they get older, and doing so will prolong your dog's good health and overall life span.


If your dog simply hates this activity even after the acclimation period (give it at least a month before giving up), there are other options though they are not as good as daily brushing at keeping plaque at bay.

Food and treats designed to keep plaque from accumulating.
You may have heard as long as your dog eats crunchy food then they're fine. This is not true as most foods are not crunchy enough or in the mouth long enough to have any effect. There are a few foods and treats, however, that carry the Veterinary Oral Health's Council seal of acceptance which have been shown to reduce the accumulation of tartar and plaque. Check for this seal before believing your dogs teeth are being protected.

Dental toys
Chew toys that are billed as dental care devices may or may not work. But if you truly can't brush your dog's teeth, anything is better than nothing.

Water additives
There are also solutions that you add to your pet's drinking water. These reduce the bacterial growth within the mouth which reduces tartar buildup. I know some people who have had great results using this kind of product. One brand is Aquadent.


How Often Should I Brush My Dog’s Teeth?

Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell, I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinarian Hospital. I’m answering questions from the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page today. This one comes from Diane who asks, “How many times a week should I brush my dog’s teeth?”

This is a great question. I love that you’re thinking about keeping your pet’s mouth healthy because it’s really important for their overall health, and brushing is the best way that you’re going to be able to remove plaque and keep that plaque from turning into tartar. My answer is going to be as often as you can.

We probably should be all brushing our dog’s teeth daily. I know that’s hard to do. It’s a time commitment. Dogs don’t always love it. But if you can do it as often as possible, at least every other day, a couple times a week, even if you’re doing it once a week, it’s going to better than nothing.

Here’s an video demo of how to brush your dog’s teeth.

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