Keeping them smiling: A guide to doggy dental care

Keeping them smiling: A guide to doggy dental care

Just like us humans, our dogs can suffer from various dental problems. From bad breath to painful gum disease, neglecting your dog's oral health can have serious consequences. This guide will take you through the importance of doggy dental care, how to identify potential problems, and some easy steps you can take to keep your best friend’s smile sparkling.

Why doggy dental care matters
Periodontal disease, the most common dental complaint in adult dogs, affects a staggering 75-85% of dogs over the age of three. This condition, caused by plaque buildup that hardens into tartar, can lead to inflamed gums (gingivitis), tooth loss, and even serious health complications if left untreated. Bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream, potentially affecting the heart, liver, and kidneys.

Signs your dog might need a dental check-up
While regular vet check-ups are vital for overall health monitoring, here are some tell-tale signs that your dog might have dental problems:

  • Bad breath: While the occasional doggy breath is normal, persistent bad breath can indicate underlying issues.
  • Difficulty eating: If your dog seems reluctant to chew or experiences pain while eating, it could be due to dental problems.
  • Swollen or bleeding gums: Healthy gums should be pink and firm. Red, swollen, or bleeding gums are a sign of inflammation.
  • Yellow or brown tartar buildup: This hard, crusty deposit on the gum line is a clear indicator of plaque buildup that needs addressing.
  • Keeping your dog's smile healthy: a multi-pronged approach
  • Fortunately, there are several ways you can help prevent dental problems in your dog and maintain good oral health:
  • Dental treats: Dental treats are an easy everyday option that can help remove plaque and clean your dog's teeth. Try the NEW Marltons Dental Chews, convenient chews that whiten your dog’s teeth, while keeping their breath minty fresh – with no brushing required!
  • Regular vet check-ups: Schedule professional teeth cleaning with your veterinarian as recommended. This not only removes tartar but also allows the vet to check for any underlying issues.
  • Water additives: Some water additives recommended by your vet can help combat bad breath and promote oral health.

Making dental care easier for your dog
At Marltons, we understand that maintaining your dog’s oral health isn’t easy.

That’s why we created Marltons Dental Chews. With its 3-in-1 benefits and mint with activated charcoal, these chews can handle your dog’s teeth issues, bad breath & tartar build-up, and are designed to reach every surface of their teeth, all without brushing.

By prioritising your dog's dental health, you can ensure a longer, happier, and healthier life for your dog.

Remember, early prevention is key. Regular vet check-ups, a good at-home dental care routine, and a watchful eye for any signs of problems will keep your dog's smile bright and their overall health in top condition.

Please note: This guide provides general information, and it's always recommended to consult your veterinarian for personalised advice on your dog's specific dental care needs.