Put your dog's dental hygiene in their paws [VIDEO]

June 16, 2014
Amanda Ellis

Amanda Ellis is the dental intern with Advanstar’s Dental Products Report. She is a pre-dental student studying biochemistry at John Carroll University. She is president of John Carroll’s Pre-Dental Society, a member of the American Student Dental Association, and is involved with the Jefferson J. Jones, DMD, Health Legacy of Cleveland Pre-Dental Mentoring Program. She can be reached by email at aellis@advanstar.com.

Modern Hygienist, modernhygienist.com-2014-06-01, Issue 6

While pet owners hold concern for their four-legged friend’s oral health, many do not have the time or forget to brush their dog’s teeth.

While pet owners hold concern for their four-legged friend’s oral health, many do not have the time or forget to brush their dog’s teeth.

Periodontal disease is the most widespread condition in dogs, and providing routine oral hygiene care for pets could prevent this disease.

Since we can’t put a toothbrush in a dog’s paw, why not give them a dental chew or dental diet to help clean their teeth. The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) recommends products that will help to maintain oral hygiene by decreasing plaque and tartar by 20 percent.

In this video, Dr. Jan Bellows, President of the American Veterinary Dental College, discusses the veterinarian’s role as a dentist and one product that can put a toothbrush in your dog’s paw. Veterinarians in this video recommend Milk-Bone Brushing Chews for dogs which holds the VOHC® Seal of Acceptance.

Next time you give your dog a treat, make it one that will make them smile by improving their oral hygiene and reducing their risk of developing periodontal disease.

Check out Modern Hygienist’s interview with Dr. Bellows where he discusses periodontal disease, tooth decay and routine oral care for dogs.