Dog Dental Care

Dog dental care supports overall health and keeps your pup's breath fresh. Browse our online pet pharmacy to find the best dog dental care products for your canine companion.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I take care of my dog's dental health?

Taking care of your dog's teeth reduces plaque, tartar, and bacteria buildup that can contribute to periodontal disease, infection, and other health issues. Having a comprehensive dog dental health routine can prevent these serious health issues and promote good quality of life for your pet. 

Brushing your dog's teeth daily is proven to prevent plaque and tartar buildup that results in bad breath, infection, and periodontal disease. In addition to brushing every day, you should invest in supplemental dog dental products like dental treats and chews, water additives, and a dental diet to support the health of their teeth and mouth.

How often should I brush my dog's teeth?

Ideally, you should brush your dog's teeth once a day. The more consistent you are in your routine, the more your dog will learn to tolerate it, especially if rewarded with a treat afterward. 

You can make tooth brushing time more exciting by investing in a tasty dog toothpaste like C.E.T. Enzymatic Dog & Cat Poultry Flavor Toothpaste, designed to entice dogs to open their mouths while reducing bacteria that contributes to plaque, tartar, and odor.

Can I use human toothpaste on my dog's teeth?

No, you should never use human toothpaste on your dog's teeth because it can contain xylitol, a known toxin to dogs. Additionally, fluoride in high concentrations can be toxic to dogs, so you should only use toothpaste specifically designed for dogs because they're safe to swallow. 

Dog toothpaste is formulated without harmful ingredients, including sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is responsible for making human toothpaste foam. SLS can cause some level of toxicity in dogs when swallowed, which is why pet toothpaste doesn't foam.

What if my dog won't let me brush their teeth?

Dental care for dogs can be challenging for pet parents. Some dogs simply won't tolerate having their teeth brushed. If you've tried everything and Fido still struggles to have their teeth brushed, consider using oral cleansing wipes instead of a toothbrush. These wipes are designed to simplify brushing your dog's teeth by allowing you to gently wipe them clean instead of brushing them, something some dogs may find more comfortable. 

Talk to a Dutch vet to learn more about dog dental care and whether oral cleansing wipes may be a good substitute for your dog.

What do water additives do for my dog's teeth?

Adding dental water additives to your dog's drinking water can help reduce plaque buildup while freshening their breath. Products like TEEF! Dental Prebiotic Water Additive and VetraDent Water Additive are formulated with prebiotics and other ingredients to promote healthy bacteria and inhibit the growth of bad bacteria in your pet's mouth. 

Are dental chews good for my dog's dental health?

While dental chews are not a substitute for daily brushing, they can supplement your dog's dental health routine. Many dog dental chews have been proven effective at reducing plaque and tartar, but not all products are created equal. Look for the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal on your dog's dental treats to ensure they're effective and safe.

What are the best dental care products for dogs?

The best dog dental care products reduce oral bacteria that can lead to plaque and tartar buildup, cause bad breath, and lead to periodontal disease. Here are some examples of Dutch vet-approved products that may work for your dog:

Questions about your dog’s dental health? Talk to a Dutch vet today with convenient virtual appointments.