How To Build a Dog Dental Care Kit

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How To Build a Dog Dental Care Kit

Thereโ€™s no time like the present to start a dog dental care routine. Ideally, you should be

brushing your dogโ€™s teethย everyย day to prevent bad breath and tartar buildup, which can lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease

is serious; it not only causes your dog pain, it can also affect organ and body functions. And because itโ€™s irreversible, prevention is the best you can do.So how can you start a dog dental care routine? Build a kit filled with everything youโ€™ll need to care for your dogโ€™s teeth, from toothbrushes and toothpaste to products that promote dental health.

1. Toothbrush and Toothpaste

These are the most important items in your dental care kit. Youโ€™ll want to select a toothbrush with an angled tip that makes it easy to reach the back of your dogโ€™s mouth, or a rubber finger brush that fits over your finger (many dogs more easily accept a finger brush than an actual toothbrush). With

Nylaboneโ€™s Advanced Oral Care Kit

, you can try both for $8 if youโ€™re a

PetPlus

member. The kit also includes a peanut butter flavored toothpaste, and dogs go crazy for the stuff. You should never use human toothpaste on a dog as it could be toxic; stick to toothpastes intended for furry friends, and choose a flavor that will make brushing time fun.

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2. Mouthwash

Want to give your dog dental care routine a leg up? Incorporate a mouthwash, like C.E.T. Aquadent

, which is formulated by veterinary dental specialists. A mouthwash helps to whiten your dogโ€™s teeth, freshen their breath, and even removes plaque and tartar buildup. All you have to do is add a small amount to your dogโ€™s water every day and bingo! Your dog wonโ€™t taste it, but youโ€™ll notice the difference in their teeth. Brushing + mouthwash = dental disease one-two punch.

3. Dental Treats

Itโ€™s great to reward your dog with a treat every once in a while, but when you do, you should consider giving a treat that has health benefits.

Greenies

are easily digestible, toothbrush-shaped dental chews that freshen your dogโ€™s breath and have a textured surface to remove plaque and tartar. And they

really

work (Iโ€™ve tried them on my dog). Unfortunately, Greenies are pretty expensive. But with a

PetPlus

membership, they can cost a lot less -- 46% less in fact. They make a great addition to a dog dental care kit.

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4. Dental Dog Food

While any dog can develop periodontal disease, some breeds -- such as brachycephalic breeds

with flat faces and

small and toy

breeds with tiny mouths -- are most at risk. Ask your veterinarian if you should be feeding your dog a food that promotes dental health, such as

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Dental Dry Dog Food

. The texture and shape of the food helps to โ€œbrushโ€ the surface of the teeth while your dog eats, sodium tripolyphosphate helps to reduce plaque buildup, and minerals improve digestive function, which can affect dental health.

Whatโ€™s in your dog dental care kit? Leave a comment and let us know, and if you need to stock up, consider signing up for PetPlus. PetPlus is a benefit program for pet owners that provides member-only access to medications at wholesale prices, plus discounts on food, supplies, vet visits, boarding, and more. Learn more at PetPlus.com

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