Cleaning dogs' teeth at home

How often do you clean your teeth? Your dog’s teeth and gums deserve the same regular attention as yours – which should ideally be every day. A daily oral care routine leads to a healthy mouth, and that can help your pet live a long and healthy life.

How can I clean my dog’s teeth at home

Cleaning dogs' teeth is important, as it can prevent the build up of plaque and tartar. If left untouched for 3-5 days, plaque combines with minerals in your dog’s saliva to harden and turn to tartar. Tartar can irritate your dog’s gums and provide a rough surface to harbor more bacteria, causing gingivitis (a swelling and reddening of the gums) and can lead to bad breath – which you’ll probably notice! Keeping your dog’s teeth clean can help scrape away plaque.

Purina® DentaLife® is a dental dog treat that helps to reduces tartar build up, even in those hard to reach teeth at the back of the mouth that are most vulnerable. Our dental chews are designed for use every day. Daily chewing means more time cleaning your dog's teeth!

Dog's teeth cleaning at the vet

At a regular dog dental check-up, your vet will look at several different areas to make sure your dog’s mouth is as healthy as it can be. This includes examining your dog’s face and head to look out for anything unusual. They’ll take a closer look into their mouth and check the lining of their lips, the surfaces of their teeth and gums, the hard-to-reach inner surfaces of their teeth and gums as well as their tongue, palate, tonsils and the area underneath the tongue.

If your dog's teeth have tartar build up your vet may recommend that this is removed with cleaning – this should be performed under anaesthetic to keep your dog as comfortable as possible. This professional dog teeth cleaning procedure (called a prophylaxis) might include:

  • Flushing their mouth with an antibacterial solution. 
  • Cleaning their teeth with handheld and ultrasonic scalers to remove tartar from above and below the gum line.
  • Using a disclosing solution to show any areas of remaining plaque – and then removing it.
  • Polishing their teeth to remove microscopic scratches.
  • Inspecting each tooth, and the gum around it, for any signs of disease.
  • Extracting any teeth that are beyond repair.

Once your dog’s teeth are sparkling clean your vet will then advise you how you can keep them that way. By cleaning your dog’s teeth at home you can take on the responsibility of their regular dental care, cut down on vet visits and help keep your dog’s teeth and gums in top condition!

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What is DentaLife?

Purina® DentaLife® is innovative daily treat that cleans as your dog chews for healthy teeth and gums and fresh breath