“It’s true that dogs went thousands of years without toothbrushes, oral cleanings, and dental X-rays, but so did people,” writes Wendy C. Fries in her WebMD Pet Health Feature. “And our mouths, just like those of our four-legged friends, suffered for it — with gum disease, tooth loss, chronic pain, and more. Also, in those days, people and animals did not live as long as we do today.”
Find all the reasons why you should be brushing your dog’s teeth in Fries’s article, “Are Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy?” here. And when you’re ready to get started, check out the slideshow, “How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth,” in WebMD’s Healthy Pet’s section for a simple 10-step plan for easing your dog into a tooth-brushing routine.
Ideally, you should brush your senior dog’s teeth every day but every little bit helps fight plaque build-up and lessen the chance of gum disease and infection.
Other great tips on brushing your dog’s teeth:
- The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers advice in this video here on first steps and how to introduce the concept to your dog.