How can I care for my dogs teeth?
Dogs have 42 permanent teeth, 20 on the top and 22 on the bottom. These adult teeth replace the baby teeth by about 6-8 months old. In a healthy mouth, these teeth are creamy-white in colour, there should be no built up of deposits on the teeth, and gums should be pink. Some dogs will have black pigmentation on the gums and tongue; this is normal.
Caring for your dog’s teeth is critical. Dogs use their mouths for much more than eating, and they are as important as hands are to us. Caring for your dog’s teeth can be done in several ways:
Tooth-brushing: This is the gold standard for oral home care for dogs, and should be started as early in life as possible, just like for people!
Oral gels: These gels are applied between the cheeks and the teeth daily, and help neutralise plaque and bad breath.
Dental treats/chews: These mould to the tooth as they are eaten and help remove plaque. They can be high calorie so should be used as part of a balanced diet.
Food additives: These can be added to food or water, and should be used daily to help naturally prevent plaque from forming.
Dental diets: Prescription dental diets are specifically formulated to protect the teeth, if your dog is at high risk of dental disease.
If you're dog does need it's teeth cleaning professionally, we can offer this as part of your appointment. Please head to our treatments page to read all about the great benefits of professional teeth cleaning.