At-home dental care for pets is to be given more emphasis now because of the increase of dental diseases occurring with dogs. If their is suspicion of dental disease, then immediately consult your veterinarian for treatment.
A simple, yet effective way to maintain good oral health is to provide your dog with something to chew. Dogs of all ages, especially puppies, chew as a way to explore their world. In puppies, it also can aid in releasing pain resulting from tooth growth. In older dogs, chewing upholds oral health and helps to keep their teeth clean and jaws strong. Elk antler chews are great for teeth cleaning and they also contain many beneficial nutrients and nothing artificial. In addition, antler chews last long and won't splinter or chip like processed bones.
Brushing your dogs teeth is necessary in preventing dental disease. Brushing should be a routine. It's ideal to brush daily. Pet safe tooth brushes are available at pet supply stores as well as veterinary clinics. Make sure pet formulated tooth paste is used as human grade paste can be extremely toxic for dogs.
Specially prepared food materials are available in the pet shops to remove the tartar and plaque materials from teeth. Dry dog food and toys that are specially made to add strength to the teeth structures are often used at home for better teeth cleaning.
Dental wipes are a gentle, easy way to clean your dog's teeth without irritating the gums. They containe chlorhexidine which destroys harmful bacteria that leads to plaque. When used daily as part of your regular interaction with your dog, these pads are an effective tool in your pet's at-home dental-care aresenal.