January 20, 2010

Can you skip teeth cleaning if your dog eats crunchy food and bones?

The answer is no. The best protection against dental diseases – and even heart and kidney diseases triggered by bacteria in the mouth – is brushing your dog’s teeth. You should brush your dog’s teeth once a day ideally, but, at a minimum, 3 times a week.

Just like you, your dog can get cavities, plaque, tartar and gum disease. The bacteria in your dog’s mouth that can cause these conditions can also spread to other organs such as your dog’s kidneys or heart. Unfortunately, chew toys, bones, and kibble are not sufficient teeth cleaners to prevent the development of dental disease. Brushing your dog’s teeth, ideally once a day but at a minimum three times a week, is the only way to keep his teeth healthy and help promote your dog’s overall wellness. To learn about caring for your dog’s teeth click here.

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