If only I could keep him sat still long enough, hold and use a DSLR with one hand and lift his lips with the other, I would love to show you a close-up of Juke’s teeth. They’re in a better state than my own, in all honesty (his diet is better, too. Go figure). I’m pretty proud of my dog’s excellent dental hygiene, and one of the primary ways that is maintained is with Pedigree DentaStix.
4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 3 have gum disease, so a good Dog Dental Care routine from a young age (although of course, better late than never!) can ensure that your dog is the 1 in 5 with perfectly healthy teeth and gums. DentaStix are a perfect everyday solution, but there are myriad additional things you can do to keep your pooch’s gnashers in tip-top condition.
Regularly check for any visible signs of dental problems
Lift your dog’s lips and examine his or her gums and teeth. The gums should be pink, not white or red, and should show no signs of swelling. Their teeth should be clean, without any brownish tartar. Try to get in the habit of doing this weekly, and if you spot anything amiss, make an appointment with your vet.
Pedigree have over 80 years experience in making nutritious pet foods, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing. And considering that 74% of vets recommend Pedigree DentaStix, you certainly can’t go wrong with them. Designed as a daily treat, they help to reduce tartar buildup on your dog’s teeth by up to 80%. A few factors contribute to that stat – the unique shape and texture of the DentaStix themselves, and the inclusion of active ingredients (sodium tripolyphosphate and zinc sulphate) which might sound scary, but are absolutely not: they bond with the calcium in saliva and keep plaque softer for longer, which means it’s more easily removed from the teeth by chewing Pedigree DentaStix. All make sense? Good.
Brush, brush, brush!
To some, it might seem like the most obvious thing in the world. To others, it never will have crossed their mind. But yes, you absolutely can and should brush your dog’s teeth just like you do your own. It needn’t be twice daily as for humans, but a regular brushing will make a huge difference. If you have a big dog like Juke, a regular human toothbrush will do but for smaller/toy dogs, you’ll be better off with a special dog toothbrush from a pet shop or online. You can also buy special canine toothpaste if you’re so inclined (do NOT use people toothpaste as is contains flouride which is toxic to dogs), but a homemade paste of baking soda and water works just as well. It may take a bit of training to get your dog to sit through a brushing session without chewing the toothbrush, but it’s well worth it and Pedigree have an excellent guide to introducing it on their Dog Dental Care page.
This is the face of a dog who really wants you to hurry up with your picture-taking and give him his DentaStick already!
…And this is the face of a dog who really, really enjoyed it.
This post is a collaboration with Pedigree, but all thoughts are my own. For additional dental care information you can read this Pedigree Reviews article for tips and advice.