Dog dental care – How to keep your dog’s teeth healthy This article is verified by a vet

Dog eating dental treat

Healthy dog teeth are not only important for eating, but also playing.

Dogs love discovering the world with their mouth. Hence, it's very important that you take care of your dog's teeth properly. Find out more here about the right dental care for your dog.

Why is dental care so important for dogs?

There are many independent studies that have investigated the onset of gum diseases in dogs. Theses studies show that the gums of around four of five dogs already show pathological changes after more than three years. The majority of older dogs therefore have severe gum problems.

Dogs don't just use their teeth to chew food, but also to lift and move objects. Hence, your dog's teeth are just as important to it as your hands are to you. Regular dental care is essential with dogs because they do so much with their teeth.

Dentastix Daily Dental Care

  • Suitable stix size for all dogs
  • Combination of special texture and active ingredients
  • If given daily, able to reduce tartar up to 80% (scientifically proven)
  • Ideal structure to keep your dog's teeth clean
dentastrix daily oral care

How do gum problems emerge?

When your dog eats, it consumes a huge amount of bacteria in its food. Over time, these bacteria accumulate in the area between the teeth close to the gums in particular, where food components that germs like to feed on linger after eating.

Together with the leftover food, the germs gradually form a sticky white layer, which is also known as plaque or tartar. If this isn't removed, yellow-brown tartar forms. These hard deposits attack the gums and surrounding tissue so severely that they become inflamed. Caries form if the bacteria that the deposits contain attack the tooth enamel.

Dog teeth tartar
If your dog has too much tartar, it may need to be removed by a vet.

What happens when dog dental care is ignored?

You shouldn't take dental care for dogs lightly. If you don't clean your dog's teeth, it could fall ill and develop severe infections in its mouth. It is particularly common for affected dogs to show the following signs:


Gum inflammation (gingivitis) for dogs due to plaque or tartar is very painful for dogs. Such inflammations can spread widely amongst the gums, causing them to become detached and damaging the periodontium.

Chewing problems with poor dental care in dogs

If your dog has toothache, this can have an impact on its eating habits. It may not want to eat at all or may chew its food more cautiously. If the germs penetrate into deeper tissue and cause an abscess, this can also make chewing difficult.

Bad breath

Volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs) form by bacteria in plaque or tartar breaking down leftover food. They are known for having a very unpleasant smell and causing bad breath in dogs.

Bacterial infections

If the bacteria manage to reach your dog's bloodstream, it can lead to infections in other organs. It's not uncommon for heart valve inflammation (endocarditis) or kidney inflammation (nephritis) to be associated with dental problems. In the worst case, it can also lead to blood poisoning (sepsis), which can prove fatal for your dog.

brushing dog teeth
If you regularly clean your dog's teeth, you can avoid time-consuming teeth cleaning at the vet.

The right dental care for dogs

The more often you clean your dog's teeth, the less tartar forms. This means that daily teeth cleaning is the best prerequisite for healthy canine teeth.

For healthy teeth, you should combine the following dog dental care measures:

Cleaning teeth

Regularly clean your dog's teeth with a dog toothbrush in order to easily remove large chunks of leftover food between the teeth. Special dog toothpaste helps to tackle unpleasant bad breath and make brushing your dog's teeth a more bearable experience. Your dog can get used to having its teeth cleaned if you give it a reward afterwards.

You can also find suitable dental care products for dogs in the zooplus online store.

Pedigree DentaStix™

According to studies, just one DentaStix™ per day is sufficient to prevent tartar in dogs. The special x-shape allows DentaStix™ to even reach places that are difficult to access and may not be reachable with a toothbrush. This means up to 80% less tartar forms. The chew sticks are free of sugar, artificial colourings and aromas and are also fat-free. Hence, you can give them to your dog without having to deduct a large amount of calories from its normal food portion.

Pedgree dentastix daily fresh

Dentastix Daily Fresh

  • Unique X-shape
  • Combination of special texture and active ingredients
  • Eucalyptus and green tea extract for fresh breath

Regular veterinary check-ups

Despite sufficient dental care, a dog can still have a tendency to develop a lot of tartar. If this is the case with your dog, you should get it regularly seen to by a vet along with its routine dental care.

Franziska G., Veterinarian
Profilbild von Tierärztin Franziska Gütgeman mit Hund

At the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen I was extensively trained as a veterinarian and was able to gain experience in various fields such as small animal, large animal and exotic animal medicine as well as pharmacology, pathology and food hygiene. Since then, I have been working not only as a veterinary author, but also on my scientifically driven dissertation. My goal is to better protect animals from pathogenic bacterial organisms in the future. Besides my veterinary knowledge, I also share my own experiences as a happy dog owner and can thus understand and enlighten fears and problems as well as other important questions about animal health.

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