August is Pet Dental Health Month. And that means it's the perfect time to help make your dog smile. But do you know how to identify if your dog's smile is actually a healthy one? If you think putting up with "dog breath" is just part of owning a dog, think again. Bad breath is not normal, not healthy and is often a warning sign of oral disease.

First, visit your veterinarian for a thorough dental examination and dog teeth cleaning. Veterinarians can check for irregularities that may go unnoticed during at-home cleanings such as:

  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Swelling in your dog's face
  • Discoloration of the teeth, gums and tongue

Once your dog gets a clean bill of health, there are also things you can do at home to help keep a healthy smile on your favorite four-legged friend. Control the build-up of smile-killing plaque bacteria on the teeth and gums by:

  • Brushing teeth
  • Feeding GREENIES Canine Dental Chews –the #1 veterinary-recommended pet specialty dental chews among veterinarians that recommend dental chews for at-home oral care
  • Using dental wipes or gels
  • Bringing your dog to the veterinarian at least once every six months for a teeth examination

When it comes to maintaining your pet's smile, try brushing his teeth at home, but if there is any question, take him to your veterinarian. A healthy smile gives you and your pet something to smile about