The Best Christmas Gifts for Your Dog's Teeth
Dogs bring us so much happiness and joy throughout the year, and the holidays are a great time to return the favour! This year, give your dog the gift of better oral hygiene! This may sound odd, but cleaner teeth for your furry friend can actually lead to better overall health.
Dogs can get the same dental issues as we do, but they don’t get to see their dentists once or twice a year to help prevent these issues from worsening. When dogs get periodontal disease, there can be a negative effect on their health. In addition to bad breath and rotting teeth, bacteria and toxins may enter the bloodstream, potentially causing harm to the internal organs, especially the heart, liver, and kidneys.
Dogs are very good at hiding pain, which means they will keep chomping on their food, even when it may be causing them a lot of pain. This is why we recommend brushing your dog’s teeth often, if not daily. Now, let’s say you forget or don’t have time to do it every day. Luckily, there are some treats and toys that make a great Christmas gift and help you keep your pup’s teeth healthy!
- Greenies Dental Treats have a special texture that help control plaque and tarter buildup by mechanical abrasion. The chewy texture allows the teeth to sink into the treat to clean most of the tooth’s surface
- Hill’s Science Diet Dental Chews help reduce plaque and tarter and freshen breath.
- Oravet Dental Hygiene Chews clean your dog’s teeth, freshen breath, and prevent future formation of plaque.
- BLUE Dental Bones help clean teeth, freshen breath, and maintain healthier teeth and gums
- Kong chew toys can improve your dog’s oral health, as the rubber toy naturally works its way into cracks and crevices between your dog’s teeth, removing plaque and food particles.
- Plaque Attack dental toys have the ability to mechanically remove plaque from the dogs teeth by chewing.
- Gumabones are a great dental chew as they help remove plaque and massage the gum line for better blood circulation
- Last but not least, provide a diet change that can last a lifetime: a dental diet! The dental diets that have been created are specially formulated to “grab” onto the tooth as the dog bites down to try and remove the plaque and clean the tooth from the gum line down.
And as always, please visit your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog’s teeth. They can assess your dog’s oral health, make recommendations for care, and perform in-depth cleanings.