While some effects of dental disease are irreversible, prevention is easier than you might think. Follow these steps to maintaining your dog’s oral health so you can both smile and cuddle for a lifetime.

The Right Daily Tartar Control: 

One of the easiest ways to keep your dog’s mouth clean between veterinary visits is to brush his teeth daily. Another alternative is to feed him chews that help reduce plaque and tartar accumulation. GREENIES Canine Dental Chews are nutritious treats that are biometrically designed to clean a dog’s teeth and gums while they chew. They’re safe, healthy and delicious. Plus, GREENIES Dental Chews are the #1 vet-recommended dental chews*.

When choosing an oral chew, look for a reputable product. Some are not clinically proven to deliver oral health solutions.

One way to know it’s a good choice is the VOHC seal. The Veterinary Oral Health Council affirms that GREENIES dental chews are clinically proven to be effective in slowing plaque and tartar buildup on dogs’ teeth—one of few brands to claim this honor. Visit www.vohc.org for more information.

Watching for Signs:

By checking your dog’s mouth regularly, you can catch problems in the early stages. Be on the watch out for these symptoms:

  • Especially stinky breath
  • Yellowing/discoloration of teeth
  • Reddening or whitening of gums (pink is healthy)

Also, keep an eye on your dog’s eating habits. If you notice he’s eating more slowly or carefully, or not playing with his usual chew toy, look further for signs of an oral health problem and contact your vet.

Regular Exams:

During your annual well visit, your vet will examine your dog’s mouth. The vet will let you know if you need to adjust your pet’s diet or schedule a professional cleaning.

*In pet specialty stores among U.S. veterinarians that recommend dental chews for at-home oral care