Dental Care Tips for Dogs | The Bark

I also would like more information on specific products for at home dental care.
The week this article was published, our 6-year old dog had his first dental cleaning. All went well and I was advised to brush my dogs teeth daily along with applying Oravet dental gel (Merial) weekly.
The first ingredient in the C.E.T. Enzymatic tootpaste (Virbac Animal Health) provided by my Vet Clinic is "sorbitol" - a sugar alcohol. Is this safe?
Also, I've seen differing instructions on whether to use water with pet toothpastes.
Finally - anyone have any tips on brushing while the dog's tongue is continually in motion? Makes it tough to even see the lower back teeth.
Linda H.

Here is a step-by-step approach to help you add the toothbrush to your dog’s dental care routine:

It is important to realize that your dog will never tell you when it is experiencing dental pain. All dogs will endure some level of dental disease and dental pain during their lives. The best way to minimize these issues is for your dog is to start out with a great dental health routine at home. This should be supplemented with regular dental cleanings performed by (a veterinarian and veterinary nurse to aid in the dental cleaning and patient care during the procedure).

AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats | AAHA

Dental Care for Dogs Brushing your dog’s teeth is the “gold standard” of dental home care. There are a number of different options that you can use to brush your dog’s teeth. Long handled toothbrushes made specifically for dogs are available as are finger brushes. Use a toothpaste made specifically for pets. Do not use your own toothpaste to brush your dog’s teeth.

Dental Care and Your Dog's Teeth: Toothaches and Other Problems

Thanks for the tips for cleaning dog’s teeth. I definitely know that my dog doesn’t care if she has bad breath, that’s for sure. However, if dental health leads to all other help, I need to do a better job.

All About Dogs and Dental Care - Teeth Hygiene - The Spruce


Home oral hygiene can make a tremendous difference in your dog’s comfort and health. There are several home care oral hygiene options from which to choose, but keep in mind that anything you can do to help prevent plaque and tartar accumulation will pay big dividends. What really matters is whether or not home oral hygiene will be provided over the long haul – considerable effort applied only for a short period or only occasionally will be of no long-term benefit. Your dog’s veterinarian may suggest a variety of treatment plans if your dog is having any type of issue. One of the best things you can do for your dog’s dental health is care. Brushing your dog’s teeth and providing dental chews can make a world of a difference.Dental care for dogs is just as important as it is for humans. Your dog’s dental health is critical to their overall health. Dental issues can cause health problems in other parts of your dog’s body to occur. This makes it extremely important to have your dogs teeth and gums evaluated by their veterinarian at a minimum, once a year. Routine veterinarian visits allow veterinarians to evaluate your dog for early signs of health issues and well as maintain your dog’s dental hygiene.Brigden seconded this and said many of the cheaper places may not be performing X-rays, which are important to providing dogs with high quality and thorough dental care.