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How To Level Up Your Small Breed Dog's Dental Health

Updated: Feb 22

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Dog Dental Health: Did you know

that even though dogs possess strong teeth, they are susceptible to decay and weakness, much like humans?

This makes it crucial to provide them with proper dental health care, akin to our own routines, including daily brushing.

Fancy toothpaste and high-end brushes aren't necessities; it's the frequency that matters.

Dog Dental Health Consistency is key

when it comes to maintaining your small breed dog's dental health.

Just like your own, their teeth should be brushed for around two minutes after meals and before bedtime.

Establishing a routine is crucial, as preventive measures often outshine the need for treatment.

Dog Dental Health; While it might be tempting to indulge

in fancy dental products, remember that brushing your dog's teeth with water on a daily basis proves more effective than sporadic use of expensive toothpaste.

However, if possible, employing dog-specific toothpaste daily is the optimal dental health route.


"Smaller breeds such as toy breed dogs may have an increased risk for tartar formation, gum recession, and eventual loss of teeth. Whereas large breed dogs in addition to dental tartar build-up, are also at a higher risk for tooth fracturing due to aggressive chewing." American Kennel Club


Enhancing your dog's dental health oral hygiene

involves more than just brushing. Dental chews, a well-suited diet, and appropriate toys contribute to reducing plaque.

There are even delightful toys and snacks designed for teeth cleaning, making the dental health care process enjoyable for your furry friend.

To foster a positive dog dental health care experience

begin the dental health care process gradually from a young age, using affirmative dog training methods.

Even if your dog initially resists the toothbrush, allowing them to sniff it and rewarding their curiosity is a positive step.

Remember to avoid human toothpaste, as it might contain harmful chemicals for dogs.

While dental chews offer benefits, monitor calorie intake and adjust their regular dog food diet to prevent weight gain.

If your dog's teeth exhibit substantial plaque build-up, consulting a vet is advisable.


"Small dogs have the same number of teeth as big dogs," says Dr. Sara Ochoa, veterinary consultant for "With all the crowding of teeth in their little mouth, [sic] make a great place for bacteria and tartar to build up."


What are the common dental issues in small breed dogs?

Dental problems are more common in small breed dogs because of tooth crowding, tooth rotation, and early jaw bone loss.

Some common dental problems include periodontal disease, retained deciduous (baby) teeth, unerupted and impacted teeth, and missing teeth.

How can I maintain my small breed dog's dental health?

Maintaining your small breed dog's dental health involves regular teeth brushing, a balanced diet, providing teeth-friendly toys and treats, and scheduling regular veterinary check-ups.

Brushing your dog's teeth daily is the most effective way to prevent dental disease.

What are the best dental chews for small breed dogs?

Some of the best dental chews for small breed dogs include Pedigree Dentastix, Gut Pup - Prebiotic Banana Bread Dental Chews, Small Woofbrush Gut Health Dental Chew, Merrick Fresh Kisses, and BIXBI Brushers.

How often should I schedule dental check-ups for my small breed dog?

Before turning one year old, little and toy breed dogs should get their first dental examination.

Following that, depending on the individual's health and genetic makeup, it may be advised to have professional teeth cleanings done under anaesthesia every six to twelve months.

What are the signs of dental disease in small breed dogs?

Dogs' foul breath indicates dental problems, pain or difficulty eating, weight loss, plaque and tartar, red and inflamed gums, wobbly or missing teeth, and excessive drooling.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider

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Kate Phillips, Chief Editor

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Kate is the UK's very own Mary Puppins, a professional Dog Nanny and expert in small breed dogs. With over 30 years' experience and successfully helping high profile celebrity pet parents raise their furry families, Kate shares her top tips with you. Kate guides readers on small breed dogs, dog health, dog training, dog nutrition, dog food, dog walks, dog accessories, dog enrichment, rescue dogs, dog behaviour, dog grooming and the best products for dog mums and dog dads to create the ultimate luxury lifestyle for their small dogs.


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