It is estimated that over 2/3 of dogs over the age of three have periodontitis, an inflammation or infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth. Periodontal disease starts as gingivitis caused by plaque and often progresses to involve the bony tooth sockets. Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to painful tooth loss.
Like us, it’s ideal to brush your dog's teeth at least twice daily. For many dogs, once brushing becomes a part of their routine they will begin to expect and enjoy it. Brushing twice a week is helpful if your schedule cannot accommodate daily brushing.
It is best to teach your dog to accept tooth brushing while he or she is still a puppy. If you have an older dog, the training process may take a little longer but it’s worth the effort.
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