February is National Pet Dental Health Month

brushing your dog's teethWe all brush our teeth (hopefully) but your dog can't! And your pets' teeth need love too, as dental disease is the #1 health issue in dogs today. The American Veterinary Dental College (yes, that exists) explains that most dogs show evidence of periodontal disease by the time they are just 3-years old.

That is why February has been deemed National Pet Dental Health Month! Dental health is an important part of your dog's overall health and happiness. Their teeth are much like human's. They can develop bad breath, tartar, plaque and gum disease. And worst of all, they can't tell you when their teeth are bothering them.

Periodontal disease begins with the bacteria in your dog's mouth. The bacteria sticks to your dog's teeth and causes plaque, which if left untreated, can harden into tartar, which you can see. The problem lies in tartar that begins to develop under the gum line. This tartar can begin to destroy the tissues located around the tooth and even the bone holding it in place. This can become very painful for your pet.

So do your pooch a favor and be sure to brush your dog's teeth 2-3 times per week to maintain optimum dental hygiene. There are a number of products on the market to help you maintain their teeth - from flavored toothbrushes to pastes, from Greenies to dental wipes for dogs that are unwilling patients.

Regular veterinary attention to your dog's teeth is also important. Consult with them to determine the best regime and schedule for cleaning.

Here is a great instruction video for cleaning your dog's teeth at home.