You probably didn’t know this but you can't just use YOUR toothpaste for your dog (as convenient as that may be). Human toothpaste contains soap. That's what makes it foam. But soap shouldn't be ingested... and smart as your dog may be, you're not going to teach him to spit! The vanilla flavored toothpaste is All Natural and is great for dogs and their people! It contains Tea tree oil, which helps fight plaque and is naturally sweetened with Stevia.
Why brush your dogs teeth
There really is no excuse for ignoring your dog’s dental care, but many dog owners do. The American Veterinary Dental Society found that 80 percent of dogs have periodontal disease before the age of 3… and that condition carries a lot of serious health risks.Without brushing, plaque builds up on your dog’s teeth. It breaks off and is absorbed into the bloodstream. That can lead to blocked arteries, which causes heart disease and kidney problems.
Just few years ago, the idea of brushing your dog’s teeth was nearly unheard of. While it is gaining popularity, the majority of pet owners still do not brush their dogs’ teeth on a regular basis.
Tips on keeping your dog's teeth clean
1. Brush at least 3 times per week to get maximum benefit
2. Don’t use human toothpaste unless you have taught your dog to spit! Look on the back of your toothpaste. You will most likely find a statement that it should not be ingested. This is because it contains soap. Soap creates foam, which gives people the perception that the product is cleaning but is not indicative of the cleaning power of a product (it is for marketing purposes: perception is reality). Toothpaste designed specifically for pets does not contain soap; it won’t foam up; and it can be swallowed safely.
3. Replace the toothbrush when the bristles become frayed or every 3 months, as the brush will start to harbor microorganisms.
4. Believe it or not dog toothpastes are not minty fresh. Instead they are flavored with a more palatable taste dog’s like. If you want your doggy kisses to be minty fresh, then use a canine breath freshener.
5. Follow teeth brushing with praise and an award so he/she looks forward to it next time.
The American Animal Hospital Association says, “proper dental care may add as much as five years to your pet’s life!” It only takes about one minute. Isn’t increasing your dog’s life expectancy worth a few minutes per week?