The best thing you can do to prevent oral
disease is brush your dog's teeth!

4 Steps to Prevention

1. Good Diet: Unless otherwise recommended by a Veterinarian, the best food you can feed your dog to prevent periodontal disease is raw food. Raw food is not appropriate for all dogs. Please do your research before starting a raw diet. If you feed kibble, it is recommended that you purchase a good quality kibble that has no meat by-products. The first ingredient listed should be meat (chicken, duck, fish etc.). Kibble has very low moisture content, which can cause organ stress. To avoid organ stress, make sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh water. Unless absolutely necessary, canned food should be avoided. If you feed canned food, consider rinsing your dog's mouth after ward with a spray bottle of water. This will help removed lodged food between the teeth.

2. Chew toys: Any pet approved toy that cannot be ingested is good for your dog. The mechanical movement will help remove plaque from the teeth and stimulate the gum tissue. To encourage chewing you can coat toys in chicken or beef broth. Bones can be given only if they are raw. Your dog should always be supervised while chewing on a toy or bone and the area in which your dog is permitted to have raw bones should be thoroughly cleaned afterward to prevent bacteria growth.

3. Brushing: Regular brushing is by far the best thing that you can do to keep your dog's mouth healthy. Brushing should be performed 3 to 7 times per week to be effective. It is important to gently brush the teeth and gums. Too much pressure can cause damage to the gum tissue. Gauze or a face cloth can be used instead of a toothbrush if your dog has sensitive gum tissue.

4. Professional Cleanings: Have your dog's teeth cleaned professionally on a regular basis. Most dogs need a cleaning every 6 to 12 months depending on home care, diet and genetics.