Dental Duties: Maintaining Your Dog's Oral Hygiene
Dental Duties: Maintaining Your Dogs’ Oral Hygiene
Regardless of whether it’s true that “a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s mouth,” dogs require dental hygiene maintenance much like humans do. Here’s how to tackle the task of keeping your dog’s pearly whites up to par.
Add Dental Chews to your Dog’s Daily Routine
What dog doesn’t love a good treat? There’s no better way to satisfy your pet’s cravings and to keep up with his dental hygiene than with dental chews, like those offered by the makers of GREENIES. These tasty snacks come in three varieties and multiple sizes, and contain antioxidants as well omega 3 fatty acids to help support your dog’s immune system. Elements of chloride and chlorophyll (Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin) in all GREENIES® Dental Chews also aid your dog’s central nervous system in maintaining proper functionality.
Used once a day, GREENIES® Dental Chews are clinically proven to reduce plaque and tartar build up. The Lite varieties, rich in antioxidants, and Senior varieties, with natural sources of glucosamine and chondroitin, are formulated to benefit the dental hygiene of pets with specific needs.
Accepted for their dental efficacy by the Veterinary Oral Health Council, GREENIES® Dental Chews are formulated to be highly soluble, making them easy to digest. The toothbrush shape and grooves also allow for easy chewing, an added benefit for your dog’s teeth and gums.
Brush, Brush, Brush
Buy a dog-specific toothbrush or finger brush and toothpaste. Dr. Robyn Jaynes a PetSmart veterinarian explains, “Never use toothpaste for humans as this could upset the dog’s stomach. Scrub the brush around the outside and insides of the teeth to the gum line. Dog toothpaste works enzymatically, not abrasively like ours so you only have to lightly scrub, and the enzymes will do the rest of the work. It is recommended that you brush your dog’s teeth daily and give him a GREENIES® Dental Chew when his breath is less than pleasant.”
Visit the Vet
Ask your vet to perform an oral exam, check for any broken teeth, cavities, tooth decay, gingivitis and bad breath. This exam is one of the quickest ways to detect and treat early-stage dental problems. Your vet may recommend your pet’s teeth be professionally cleaned.
GREENIES® is a trademark of The Nutro Company. U.S. Patent No. D587,428.