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Pet Dental Health

Checking a dog's teeth
KONG toy
Checking a dog's teeth

February 2, 2021

What causes dental disease?
Just like humans, dogs and cats accumulate plaque on their teeth from bacteria left behind from residual particles of food. The buildup of plaque over time can lead to periodontal disease, resulting in multiple health issues for your pet. Any sort of oral problems can escalate over time if not properly taken care of and can be as serious as tooth loss and organ damage.

Close up shot of a dogs teeth

Signs of Dental Disease

  • Difficulty eating & loss of appetite
  • Drooling
  • Pawing at mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Receding or bleeding gums
  • Nasal discharge or sneezing

Icons of a toothbrush, tooth, and a dogs face

Prevention – Dog Teeth Cleaning

Taking care of your dog’s teeth is the best way to prevent periodontal disease. Regularly brushing their teeth, yearly cleanings at their vet, and providing dental chew toys and treats can help avoid any unnecessary discomfort to your furry family member.

KONG Dental Products

These are the best dental chew toys for dogs to have a safe and fun chewing outlet that helps with their oral hygiene.

Squeezz® Dental
Dog chewing on a dental bone
Toy flexes as dogs chew for a deeper cleaning

Dental Stick™
Dog chewing on a dental stick
Stuff with treats, pastes, or peanut butter to extend playtime

Dental
Dog chewing on a dental toy
Uniquely designed Denta-Ridges™ clean teeth while providing a chewing outlet

Dental with Rope
Dog chewing on a dental rope
Cotton rope cleans teeth while satisfying natural instincts

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