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Tartar, plaque buildup, and gingivitis… oh my!

teeth-coverAlong with your own oral hygiene, don’t overlook your pup’s pearly whites. Poor oral hygiene will not only leave your four-legged friend with yellow teeth and stinky breath, but it can actually lead to life-threatening infections. Canine dental problems have been linked to heart disease, liver disease and kidney disease.

To help keep your dog’s teeth clean, check out the following 4 tips:

1) BRUSH YOUR DOG’S TEETH

When you brush your own teeth, grab your pup’s toothbrush/ toothpaste and clean their teeth as well. According to Cesar Millan, “The best brush to use is double-headed with the brushes at a 45-degree angle to clean below the gumline.”

It’s best to start off when your fur baby is young. But no matter what age you start brushing your dog’s teeth, most don’t like it. Just be patient. Start off brushing their teeth for less than a minute and work your way up.

It’s important to note that you cannot use human toothpaste to brush your dog’s teeth. Instead, pick up a formula specially made for dogs. You can find doggy toothpaste at your local pet store or you can make some yourself. Check out this easy dog toothpaste recipe…

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