Ask a Vet: Doggie Dental Care

by Dr. Tammie Pearce  • 
Ask a Vet: Doggie Dental Care

How does doggie dental health relate to overall health?

Who doesn’t love seeing that puppy smile, tongue and all, after a good walk or romp in the park? Your pups’ teeth and gums are so much more important than just having an award winning grin, they’re key to good health and longevity. Dental calculi (the discolored calcium that builds up on teeth) and gingivitis (inflammation of the gums causing redness) both trap bacteria under the gum line, causing bacteria that can be absorbed into your pup’s blood stream. Gum disease and severe gingivitis can also lead to chronic health conditions, potentially causing heart, kidney and other organ problems.

So what’s a pet parent to do? Practice preventative care! Stopping the build-up of tartar on the teeth and inflammation of the gums is very important—it's instrumental in avoiding diseases in pups. And it can be as simple as giving your dog a treat. While your dog might think Jinx All Smiles dental chews are tasty reward, they are actually an excellent way to keep your best bud’s teeth healthy. Jinx chews are highly dissolvable (aka digestible) and stimulate the production of saliva, which helps neutralize and fight the plaque acids that cause tooth decay.

Added bonus—they also keep your pet’s breath smelling fresh and loosen food debris that may be stuck in your dog’s teeth. That means no more waking up to your best bud right in your face with morning breath!

Combined with regular tooth brushing, Jinx Dental Chews are a great way to reduce the risk of periodontal disease.

That's another pawsitive tip from AskVet's Dr. Tammie! To learn more about proper dental care, you can chat with an AskVet veterinarian 24x7 on the AskVet app any time, day or night.
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