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Myths debunked: Do dogs really need dental care or do they keep their teeth clean by chewing?

Myths debunked: Do dogs really need dental care or do they keep their teeth clean by chewing?

As a dog owner, you’ve probably heard once or twice that your dog doesn’t need dental care because it keeps its teeth clean naturally by chewing?

We are here to tell you that that statement is absolutely not true. Dental care is just as important for dogs as it is for humans.

Poor dental hygiene can result in a number of medical problems like gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth loss, infection, and difficulty eating.

Brushing teethe

Most dogs don’t like having their teeth brushed, however eventually they learn to tolerate and even enjoy toothbrushing. 

Extra tip: Don’t use human toothpaste because it contains ingredients like xylitol, which is toxic to dogs and should be avoided.

Dental cleanings at the vet’s office

It is also advisable to pay for dental cleanings at the vet’s office. These in-depth procedures take place under anesthesia and remove plaque below the gum line, where toothbrushes can’t reach.

Avoid hard toys

Avoid extra hard toys, like bones or antlers, as these can lead to dental fractures. If your dog really likes chewing on toys, ask your vet for safe options and recommendations.