Friday, November 21, 2014

Keeping Fido’s Teeth Healthy

Have a dog age three or older?  If so, chances are your pet already has problem teeth.  According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 % of dogs three and older have some form of periodontal disease.  As your pet ages, this can result in infection, bad breath and even tooth loss.

Manually brushing Fido’s teeth can be difficult.  To solve that problem, the pet care market is now booming with dental cleansing treats and chews that promise to reduce tartar and clean teeth by simply letting your pooch enjoy a good nosh.  But do these treats actually work?

The answer is a guarded “yes.”  While manually brushing your dog’s teeth is still the best, giving Fido a dental chew is better than absolutely nothing.  Most dog dental chew treats are made to microscopically rub against the teeth and remove debris.  Long-lasting chew treats - and things like rubber, nylon or rawhide chew toys, offer the most cleansing benefit.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Chicago area, please consider Wilmette Dental, a North Shore tradition in family dentistry for more than 40 years.  Feel free to call our office at 847-251-0085 or request an appointment online at

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