Dental Care Guide for Dogs - No Brushing Required!

On: 1 August 2021 

Start your brushing-free dental care routine today and reduce the chances of developing Periodontal Disease.

Periodontal Disease

Did you know that 85% of dogs have Periodontal Disease after the age of 4? This disease affects the gums which is typically caused by build-up of plaque on the teeth. As dog's don't have a daily brushing routine, excess food sit on the teeth after a meal that can contribute to the formation of plaque and bacteria. The bacteria slowly rots the teeth and can cause the gums to become inflamed and to recede. 

A good dental care routine can help prevent your pet from developing this disease over time. However, damage to the teeth and gums is often irreversible, so it's recommended to prevent where possible.


brown labrador holding a stick


Starting Your Dental Care Routine

It's never too soon or too late to start a new dental care regime. A good routine will reduce your pets' chances of developing dental problems, or reduce the worsening of current problems.

Firstly, it's a good idea to visit the vet if you have any concerns about your pet's teeth. 



1. Dental Care Foods

As opposed to their every-day alternatives, specialised dental care foods offer a variety of kibble technologies that can help support your pet's oral health. It is recommended that if your dog is experiencing some plaque build-up to change to one of these following foods. They all work a little differently, so it's a good idea to ask a team member or your vet for help in choosing.

hill's science diet dry dog food oral care

royal canin dental care dry dog food

advance dental care dry dog food


2. Dental Care Treats

Chews are a great way to promote dental health that your dog will love. Adding a dental stick to your pet's daily routine can help clean the teeth of any residue on the teeth via mecanical abrasion. 

greenies daily dental treats

bell & bone dental sticks

savourlife dental bars


3. Oral Health Solutions

You can fight off signs of dental disease and keep your pet's teeth cleaner with the inclusion of any one of these products. Dental care drops, water additives and gels that can be included in your dog's routine to help freshen the breath and fight plaque. These require no brushing at all, though brushing can help improve results.

tropiclean fresh breath dental health solution

Tropiclean fresh breath clean teeth gel

petzlife oral care spray

troy plaque off powder


4. Check The Teeth Regularly

Set a day every month to check your pet's mouth.

We've put together this 4 Step Guide on how to check your pet's mouth for signs of Periodontal Disease and what to look out for.

How to Check their Teeth



How to Freshen the Breath

Make doggy kisses great again! Keeping your dog's breath smelling better is usually a matter or practicing good dental hygiene. However, there are some quick-fixes out there for a freshen-up. If your pet's breath smells a bit foul there could be a something more sinister going on; a vet check-up should be your next step.

tropiclean fresh breath drops

Tropiclean fresh breath oral care spray

tropiclean fresh breah dental wipes

prozym solution


Oral Health Tips & Tricks

  • Brushing the Teeth
  • Providing Chews
  • Check the teeth monthly
  • Talk to your Vet 


Symptoms of Oral Discomfort

Dogs over the age of 5, especially small breed dogs are much more likely to experience Periodontal Disease. 

  • Rubbing the face with their paw or against furniture
  • Reluctant to eat anything hard
  • Excessive licking or tongue flicking
  • Bad breath
  • Chewing on one side of the mouth



Talk to your Vet

If you have any concerns regarding your pet's teeth, be sure to discuss the matter with your Veterinarian.