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Scary Reality of Dogs Without Dental Care #DogDentalHealth

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Remember those commercials that ran a few years back, or more, that showed what cigarette smoking could do to a person? Here’s one that stuck with me:

Anti Smoking from Hungry Man UK on Vimeo.


Now imagine what not taking care of your dog’s teeth can do to your dog’s overall health. It’s quite alarming, but sometimes pictures speak louder than words. There is a scary reality to dogs without dental care.

I am fortunate to have kept in touch with my dog’s littermates over the years. Recently, a friend of mine adopted my dog’s littermate, a female Cocker Spaniel, at the age of six years. We visited our friend for a play date, and one of the most noticeable differences between this adorable little girl and my dog was with her teeth.

Click play to see what I saw:

Some dental chews can help prevent tartar, and those are the ones we use to supplement our dog’s regular dental care plan. Products like those from the Whimzees line have been both effective for tartar reduction and fun for my dog to consume. I feel safe feeding them because they are made in Holland and the ingredients are ones I feel good feeding.

Here’s what most dog moms and dads really want to know about their dogs’ teeth: “Do I really have to brush them?”

My rule of thumb: Brush your dog’s teeth as you would your own: A minimum of once a day.

Here’s what some dog parents tell me in response to that: “My dog hates teeth brushing.”

Here are 10 ways to get a dog used to teeth brushing: And it takes time, but it can be done. In fact, Fidose fan, Nancy B, is using these techniques on her 7-year-old dog, Mayor. He never had his teeth brushed, but she started the process. So far, so good.

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Some dogs develop tartar at an alarming rate, just like people. Other dogs have a certain chemical composition of their saliva, and they develop dental issues.

Never take it upon yourself to try and clean a dog’s teeth with anything other than a toothbrush. Leave the scaling and plaque removal to the experts.

Are you taking care of your dog’s teeth?

Here are some pet parents, who no doubt, care about their pets’ good health:


  1. Cathy Connolly says

    None of our furkids will let us brush their teeth, even though they did when they were young. That posed the problem of now what to do about their teeth. For our dogs we have found that Science Diet’s TD Dental works wonders for our dogs and that for our Princess Lily kitty she gets Temptations treats with Tarter control. I’m very pleased with the results of both! Dental cleanings at the vet are only every few years!

  2. Cathy @ I Love My Chihuahua says

    Ok, you have convinced me that I really need to start doing this. I actually do brush my big dogs’ teeth (not every day but every other day) and they are no problem. It’s my Chihuahua who freaks out and tries to bite the toothbrush. I’ll go through the steps in the other article and see if I can get her used to it. Wish me luck!

  3. Aimee @ Irresistible Pets says

    Dental care is so often overlooked and I’ve been guilty of that in the past ! We are in the process of scheduling Chuy’s second dental cleaning. We’ve tried those dental wipes before and Chuy can tolerate that wayyyyyy better than the toothbrush! Thanks for putting these tips together!

  4. Ellen says

    Brilliant article as usual. Such a timely piece to start the new year with preventative dental health care for you pet.

  5. June Myers says

    Always cleaned and had yearly dental check up. Now that Buster is 16 and has chronic pancreatitis no more dental cleaning at vets. I do brush and use a dental spray.

  6. Cathy Armato says

    Great video, very telling! Did I see that Dexter’s littermate may have also lost a tooth or two? Looks like something’s missing in there. After all the great posts this month, I was compelled to purchase a finger brush and chicken flavored toothpaste – I’m going to brush my dogs’ teeth, staring w/ my little dog since she’s easier. I’ll blog about my progress in the coming weeks!

    • Carol Bryant says

      You are very observant – she did lose a tooth or two. She was with someone who did not care for her teeth. I hope that with a cleaning and preventative care now, she will have sparkly clean chompers.

  7. Theresa says

    There has been so much information this month on the importance of pet dental health. Together, we can turn around the statistics and see positive results for our pets. Great post!

  8. Dr. Jessica Claudio says

    It is extremely important to keep those teeth clean. I like to think of the mouth as one of the easiest portals to the body. Dental disease can lead to some serious health issues in an animal down the road. Thanks for raising awareness! #DogDentalHealth

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