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5 Simple Steps to clean your dog's teeth

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As pet parents, we all want our furry friends to have a winning smile, but let's be real, keeping those pearly whites in tip-top shape can be a bit of a chore. But don't worry, we've got your back (or should we say your pup's back) with these five helpful tips for keeping your dog's teeth sparkling and healthy.

Tip 1: Brush your dog's teeth like a pro.

Brushing your dog's teeth may sound like a daunting task, but it's extremely important for their dental hygiene. Specially designed soft-bristled toothbrushes with angled handles and toothpaste made specifically for dogs should be used for comfortable and deep cleaning. Toothpaste specially designed for dogs should only be used for teeth cleaning as human toothpaste contain toxic substances like xylitol and fluoride. Introduce the toothbrush and toothpaste to your pup first, let them sniff and taste it, and then gently lift their lip and brush away. Most dogs will get comfortable with teeth cleaning with time, even if they don't like it at first. Aim 2-3 times a week and you'll have a dog with a grin that could light up a room!

Tip 2: Chew toys and dental treats are a must.

Let's be real, our pups love to chew on everything, so why not give them something that'll give their teeth a good cleaning while they're at it? Chew toys and dental treats are like personal trainers for your dog's teeth, keeping them healthy and strong. Dental chews minimize plaques and tartar and polish the teeth as dogs chew on it. Just make sure to supervise your pup while they're chomping down on them.

Tip 3: Dental check-ups are a must, just like for us humans.

Just like we need regular check-ups to keep our teeth and gums healthy, so do our furry friends. Schedule regular dental check-ups with your vet to make sure everything is in good shape and catch any issues early on. They can also give your pup a professional cleaning and give you additional tips for keeping their teeth clean at home. Kuddle's professional groomers can also help you keep your dog's teeth sparkly shine by professionally cleaning their teeth as part of their advanced grooming session.

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Tip 4: Feed them a healthy diet.

A healthy diet is crucial not only for your dog's overall health but also for their dental health. Feed your pup a diet high in lean protein and low in sugar, and avoid table scraps as much as possible. Hard kibble can also help scrape plaque and tartar off the teeth as your dog chews.

Tip 5: Water additives or dental sprays are your secret weapon.

Water additives and dental sprays can give your dog's teeth an extra boost in the fight against plaque and tartar. These products can be added to your puppy's water bowl or sprayed directly onto their teeth, neutralising plaque-causing bacteria and freshening breath. Always check with your vet before using any new products on your dog.

Keeping your dog's teeth clean and healthy is a walk in the dog park. By following these five tips, you can help your pup maintain a healthy mouth and a happy, comfortable life. Remember to always consult your vet for advice and guidance on your dog's dental care routine. You can also schedule a vet visit at home by experienced and top-rated vets using Kuddle for a hassle-free consultation. And let's not forget, a dog with a winning smile is a happy dog!