13 Feb 2020

Looking After Your Dog's Teeth With Pedigree (AD)

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This post is in conjunction with Pedigree® but all thoughts are my own.

We all know how important it is to look after our own teeth, but when it comes to looking after your dog, teeth should also be a top priority. In fact, did you know that 4 out of 5 dogs who are over the age of three experience gum disease at some point, even though 90% of owners think that their dog's teeth and gums are healthy?! If you would like to know a bit more about dog dental care, and how to look after your dog's teeth, and keep them nice and healthy then read on!

Personally, I have had experience with a Greyhound and a Shihtzu puppy, two very different breeds, and two very different ages. In fact I watched as the puppy's teeth grew! When it came to our Greyhound, she already had poor dental health due to her diet and care before she came to us, so it was really important that we took care of her teeth, and made sure that we brushed them and offered her food that wouldn't deteriorate them further.

Dogs begin their lives much like humans, without teeth, and end up with 28 teeth during puppyhood. These will then fall out at about four months of age and are replaced by 42 adult teeth. Most dogs end up with their full set of adult teeth at around 6-8 months. In order to make sure that these are growing healthily, you should have them checked over by the vet regularly, and also take steps to clean your dog's teeth and should have a daily oral routine in place from a young age.


Just like humans, dogs also need to brush their teeth to help keep them nice and healthy. As a dog can't do this themselves, it is down to the owner to make sure that they are getting their daily clean. It is a good idea to introduce this from an early age so the dog is used to the routine, and you should use a brush with medium bristles, making sure that you have the correct size for your dog.

Here are all the things you need to brush your dog's teeth:

- Medium/Large Dogs: Adult tooth brush (Just a normal human size brush!)
- Small Dogs: Child's size brush
- Toy/Miniature Dogs: Small pet tooth brush

You should use pet tooth paste, and never use human tooth paste, and make sure you are in a nice quiet environment with no distractions for yourself, or your dog. You should also bring plenty of patience along to tooth brushing time as just like humans, not all dogs will enjoy having their teeth brushed. 

When you first start introducing the toothbrush to your dog, you should just do it for a few seconds, and then build up to a few minutes. You should also add it into a routine for your dog so then can learn when to expect to have their teeth brushed, and it doesn't matter what time of day this is. Make sure that you reward your dog for being so well behaved when they have their teeth brushed. It is a great bonding experience, and definitely builds trust between owner and pet. You can find a full guide on dog dental care on the pedigree site.


One way that you can help look after your dog's teeth, in addition to brushing (which should always take priority), is by offering them a plaque fighting chew. These are specifically designed with your dog's dental health at the forefront and can be a great addition to teeth brushing, and a great reward for your dog. Your dog uses their teeth for a lot more than just eating, as they use their teeth as we would our hands. Just think about how often you wash you hands, and your dog doesn't get the same opportunity. That is where Dentastix from Pedigree can come in handy. One chew a day can help reduce the build up of Tartar by up to 80%. They come in a range of sizes, so make sure that you check the packet and purchase the correct size for your dog. We find them great for keeping dogs entertained for a bit, and feel great knowing that the treat is helping to take care of their teeth. 


I must admit that I didn't know everything about keeping your dog's mouth nice and healthy, and although we knew that we should brush our dog's teeth, we didn't realise just how important it was to keep them clean. These tips should help you remember why it is so important.

1. You should have a daily dental routine, and ideally start this as a puppy, or as soon as you adopt your new best friend. Tooth brushing is the most effective method for keeping your dog's teeth healthy, but you can add in some other dental care solutions such as dental chews. Make sure these are in addition to brushing though!

2. If you have an older dog, you should start as soon as you adopt your dog, and make sure to get their teeth checked over by a vet as soon as you get your new friend.

3. Your dog should have a dental health check at least once a year from a veterinary professional. 

4. Provide your dog with toys and chews which are safe for their teeth. They should not chew hard or abrasive objects, including nylon chew toys and tennis balls, as these can damage their teeth and hums. You should also avoid hard and heavy toys in play.

5. Use a dental chew, such as Pedigree DentaStix or Pedigree DentaFlex as a fun addition to brushing.

Did you know about the importance of brushing your dog's teeth? Is it something that you do every day with you dog? Let me know in the comments or on my social channels!

You can also follow the Pedigree Our Teeth and Theirs campaign on social media on the following platforms: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

This post is in conjunction with Pedigree® but all thoughts are my own.


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