1. Get your dog used to having his teeth cleaned early on
- in fact, the sooner the better.
2. One alternative way to clean your dog's teeth is to rub them a few times a week with a dampened washcloth.
3. There are teeth-cleaning products that fit over the pet owner's fingertips. One is a rubber device a little larger than a thimble with tiny rubber spikes on it. The other has an actual brush on it so that you can brush your dog's teeth, using only tooth- paste that is intended for dogs.
4. Talk to your veterinarian about having your dog's teeth cleaned professionally. Your veterinarian will examine your dog's teeth as part of his annual checkup, but don't wait for dental disease to happen before scheduling this appointment.
5. Did you know that bad breath in dogs could signal the signs of potential disease? This often indicates the presence of bacteria in the mouth. To help reduce bad doggie breath, purchase products intended to make your dog's breath smell better. Then, see your vet.
6. Offer your dog treats or food products that are designed specifically to remove plaque from his teeth and to prevent the buildup of tartar. Another great tip: give him some hard, dry, crunchy food as a part of his normal diet to help clean plaque deposits.
If left untreated, dental disease can lead to a shorter life span for your dog. It can easily lead to much more serious consequences such as: organ damage, heart problems, kidney failure, and ultimately death.