Oral Care for Dogs

Periodontal, or gum disease, is one of the most common and serious problems found in dogs, that’s why Oral Care for Dogs is so important.


By the age of 3, most dogs show signs of dental neglect, and by the age of five years old approximately 1 in 5 dogs suffer from periodontal disease.


This can lead to:

  • Plaque
  • Tartar
  • Inflamed gums
  • Abscesses
  • Loss of teeth
  • A bacterial infection which then enters the bloodstream and spread to the kidneys, liver, heart or brain

Periodontal disease is irreversible – and most dogs will show no signs of pain or discomfort until it is too late.


How Can we improve and prevent canine gum disease?

  • Brushing
  • Good Nutrition
  • Water additives
  • Dental toys
  • Dental chew treats
  • Dental gels and foams

How and when should brushing be carried out?

  • Like our own, we should brush the dog’s teeth ideally twice a day
  • Use the correct type of brush for the dog eg. The right size, and also the right type. Some dogs may not like finger brushes, some may require a double-sided brush etc.
  • DO NOT USE HUMAN TOOTHBRUSHES – Even the softest are still not suitable for dogs teeth
  • ONLY USE DOG TOOTHPASTE – human pastes are not designed to be swallowed, but dogs will do this as they can’t spit it out so they need consumable products suitable for them.
  • It’s best to introduce brushing and dental care to a puppy to help them learn that its normal. But with any dog, introduce it slowly, and start by brushing just small strokes so as not to overwhelm or scare them.
  • Reward them
  • Be gentle
  • Never scold or punish the dog for not standing still or allowing you to brush – this will only make the dog nervous and scared of getting their teeth brushed
  • As with humans – Don’t share toothbrushes!

What else can you do?

  • A good diet of mainly hard kibble alone can help prevent the build-up of harmful plaque – but this is also strongly dependant on the quality of the food. Cheaper brands will not be as effective as those containing natural, healthy ingredients (A good quality food will have many more added benefits for your dog’s overall health and wellbeing in general)
  • Provide plenty of hard but edible chew toys and treats – such as dental hygiene treats, buffalo horns etc. to help descale and remove the plaque
  • Water additives are a great way to provide dental hygiene every day without the dog even knowing!
  • Regular check-ups at the vet

How can a groomer use dental care in the salon?

  • Dental treatments in the salon are a great way to introduce dental care to pet owners
  • A brush or squeeze of teeth gel/foam at the end of the groom will be very welcome by the owners
  • Dental care is a great retail possibility within the salon. Groomers could retail toothbrushes, gels, water additives, foam or even just the Oral Care treats.
  • You may want to offer a dental treatment as an added extra to your grooms to generate more profit