The Do's and Don'ts of Dog Dental Health


Desensitize to having their mouths handled

Most dogs won't love you sticking your hands in their mouths at first, but can easily get used to it. Practice rewarding them every time they let you go near their muzzle, then moving your fingers around their gums, introducing a toothbrush, and continuing to up the difficulty as such.

Taking a look under the hood

Taking a look under the hood

Check their teeth often for signs of tooth decay or gum disease

Once your dog allows you to look around their mouth, it's a great practice to check up on them regularly. You'll want to watch for any abnormalities like discolouration, smells, and moveable teeth. Come in any Friday or Saturday 10-4 for our healthcare hours and we can help show you what to look for!

Feed high quality food

Kibble is highly processed and filled with sugar, which is one big reason why we love the many alternatives like dehydrated, freeze dried, home-cooked, or raw! 

Brush their teeth

Building a routine is the best way to remember, you can do it post-walk, or after you brush your teeth in the evenings! Once your dog gets used to it, it's a breeze.

Bonzo relaxing at the dentist (aka K9 Gentle Dental)

Bonzo relaxing at the dentist (aka K9 Gentle Dental)

Give high-quality chews often and consistently

Let your dog brush their own teeth with a nice hard chew. Bonus, it'll keep them occupied and mentally engaged!

Get their teeth cleaned regularly by a certified anesthesia-free dental company like K9 Gentle Dental

Imagine if you brushed your teeth every day but never saw a dentist. Only a professional can give your dog the thorough cleaning they need. Check out K9 Gentle Dental's website for some great information!


Give them raw hides 

They are filled with chemicals and often get stuck in dogs throats. Go for a healthy alternative like freeze-dried chews, or a dehydrated skin.

Assume they will tell you when their teeth hurt. 

They have a high drive to eat and will often ignore the pain.

Skip bones or chews on a raw diet

Feeding raw is amazing! But it is mushy and soft, so your dog still needs to scrape that plaque off with something hard!

Give them human toothpaste

Human toothpaste has so many chemicals, and is not meant to be swallowed by any animal.

Wait until their teeth require vet intervention

Prevention is cheaper, more effective, and overall more comfortable for your dog. Waiting for a tooth to be at the stage where it needs extraction means you're signing up to pay thousands of dollars down the line rather than buying some chews now.