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Dental Care for Your Dog At Home

By the age of three, 80% of Dogs will have some form of dental disease, which is preventable with a good dental care routine.

Bad breath and plaque build-up can lead to Gingivitis which causes the gums to become red and inflamed. Usually reversable, if left untreated it can lead to Periodontitis which is an irreversible disease that results in tooth loss and can cause other health issues like kidney, heart and liver disease.

Signs that Your Dog Has Dental Health Issues

  • Bad Breath
  • Plaque & Tartar Build-up
  • Loose Teeth
  • Red, Swollen Gums
  • Discomfort When Eating
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Receding Gums

Some Dogs are More Prone to Dental Disease

According to the Royal Veterinary College, University of London some dog breeds are more prone to dental problems than others, but the risk of dental disease increases rapidly as dogs age. Toy Poodles, Greyhounds, Flat-faced (brachycephalic) dogs, Spaniel breeds and smaller breed dogs have higher risks of dental disease than heavier breeds.

close up shot of plaque built up on dog's tooth

Irish Dogs

We asked Irish Dog owners to share their doggie dental care routines with us. 399 dog owners responded to our survey between 2nd and 4th August 2022.

  • 30% of Respondents said that their dogs suffer with Bad Breath, rising to 48% of respondents with senior dogs.
  • 26% of Dogs have plaque or tartar, and 42% of older dogs.

Bad Breath, Plaque and Tartar are early indicators of Gingivitis, and should not be ignored. A good, regular dental care routine can help; this includes toothbrushing, which can significantly reduce the risk of dental disease in all dogs.

owner cleaning her dog's teeth using a toothbrush

Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

Brushing your dog’s teeth regularly, ideally every day, is recognised as being the best way to help protect your dog from developing complex dental health problems. Starting to brush your dog’s teeth regularly from a young age will help reduce stress and discomfort that can be associated with toothbrushing.

  • 58% of Respondents never brush their dog’s teeth, with this number rising to 67% for puppy owners who answered.

“Daily tooth brushing was shown to be more than three times as effective at controlling plaque accumulation compared to using a daily dental chew or dental diet.”  – British Small Animal Veterinary Association, 2018.

What About Dental Chews?

Our research shows that 69% of dogs are given a dental chew regularly, but are they ok to use?

The answer to this is a resounding yes! Dental chews are a great way to supplement brushing your dog’s teeth – the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry has said that:

“Adding a dental chew to the diet resulted in statistically significant reductions in plaque and calculus accumulation, and oral malodour while improving gingival indices.” Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, 2013.

It is important however to remember when using dental chew that they do include calories, which need to be adjusted as part of your dog’s daily food intake to prevent weight gain.

Dental Chew Treats should be used as part of a balanced diet to supplement your dog’s toothbrushing, and should not replace toothbrushing as part of a dental care routine.

What’s a Good At-Home Dental Routine for my Dog?

Ideally, brushing your dog’s teeth daily is recommended as the best way to protect your dog from dental problems. If daily brushing isn’t possible, introducing it at regular intervals is recommended. Your dog’s toothbrushing routine should be supplemented with the addition of water additives and dental chews for days where teeth are not brushed.

At Petmania we have an extensive dental care range available to help you care for your dog’s teeth. We also offer a Professional Toothbrushing Service at our Grooming Studios Nationwide. We use an Ultrasonic Toothbrush which is vibration-free and silent, and is available for all dogs over the age of 14 weeks old.

Does My Dog Need to Go to the Vet?

If your dog shows any the signs of dental disease listed above, you should go to your vet for a dental check. Regular visits to your vet are also recommended as advanced dental problems can only by veterinary examination beneath the gumline. A regular dental check-up should form part of your dog’s dental care routine and cannot replace a good at-home regime.

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This is not a veterinary procedure. Petmania reserve the right to refuse treatment where we feel veterinary care is required. Please see our Conditions of Service for more information
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1 x Monthly Toothbrushing for 6 Months
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This is not a veterinary procedure. Petmania reserve the right to refuse treatment to a dog where we feel veterinary care is required. Please see our Conditions of Service for more information
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Treatment Includes
Regular brushing and good at-home dental care routine is recommended to help prevent the build up of Plaque & Tartar and bad breath which can lead to serious illness such as Gingivitis, Periodontitis and Oral Cavity Diseases.
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For dogs who have completed their First Dental Visit.
What is involved?
This service is a silent, vibration-free way of keeping your dog's teeth clean and preventing a build-up of plaque and bacteria in your dog's mouth. Using our specialised toothbrush and toothpaste, we brush along the gum line to remove debris and provide a dental foam wash to make their breath fresh for when they return home.
Keeping your dog's teeth clean at home through regular brushing is essential to help prevent the build up of Plaque & Tartar, which is a cause of bad bread and can lead to serious illness such as Gingivitis, Periodontitis and Oral Cavity Diseases.
Price for Adults: €29 | Price for Puppies: €15
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This is not a veterinary procedure. Petmania reserve the right to refuse treatment to a dog where we feel veterinary care is required. Please see our Conditions of Service for more information.
Treatment Includes
Treatment Includes
What happens after?
Provided your dog was comfortable during their first visit, they can then avail of our Ultrasonic Toothbrushing service. This involves brushing your dog's teeth using our specialised toothbrush and toothpaste to remove bacteria and debris. This service can be booked as a standalone appointment or added on to any other pre-booked treatment.
Price for Adults: €49 | Price for Puppies: €20
This is not a veterinary procedure. Petmania reserve the right to refuse treatment where we feel veterinary care is required. Please see our Conditions of Service for more information
First Dental Visit
What is involved?
We will introduce them to the toothbrush and only when comfortable, we will complete their first ultrasonic tooth cleaning. Includes your dog's own exclusive toothbrush head for future visits.
Provided your dog was comfortable, they can then avail of our Ultrasonic Toothbrushing service. This involves brushing your dog's teeth using our specialised toothbrush and toothpaste to remove bacteria and debris. This service can be booked as a standalone treatment or added on to any other pre-booked treatment.
Price for Adults: €49 | Price for Puppies: €20
What is involved?
For puppies who have completed their First Dental Visit
Terms & Conditions apply. See our Conditions of Service for more information.
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What's Involved?
This service is a silent, vibration-free way of keeping your puppy's teeth clean and preventing a build-up of plaque and bacteria in your dog's mouth. Using our specialised toothbrush and toothpaste, we brush along the gum line to remove debris and provide a dental foam wash to make their breath fresh for when they return home.
This is not a veterinary procedure. Petmania reserve the right to refuse treatment to a dog where we feel veterinary care is required. Please see our Conditions of Service for more information.
Treatment Includes
Treatment Includes
Regular brushing and good at-home dental care routine is recommended to help prevent the build up of Plaque & Tartar and bad breath which can lead to serious illness such as Gingivitis, Periodontitis and Oral Cavity Diseases.
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This treatment can be booked as a standalone treatment or added to any other grooming service
This is not a veterinary procedure. Petmania reserve the right to refuse treatment where we feel veterinary care is required. Please see our Conditions of Service for more information
Puppy Ultrasonic Toothbrushing
For dogs who have completed their First Dental Visit.
What is involved?
This service is a silent, vibration-free way of keeping your dog's teeth clean and preventing a build-up of plaque and bacteria in your dog's mouth. Using our specialised toothbrush and toothpaste, we brush along the gum line to remove debris and provide a dental foam wash to make their breath fresh for when they return home.
Keeping your dog's teeth clean at home through regular brushing is essential to help prevent the build up of Plaque & Tartar, which is a cause of bad bread and can lead to serious illness such as Gingivitis, Periodontitis and Oral Cavity Diseases.
Price for All Breeds: €15
Terms & Conditions apply. See our Conditions of Service for more information.
Puppy's First Dental Visit
What is involved?
During your puppy's first dental visit, we will introduce them to the tooth brush and only when comfortable, we will complete the first ultrasonic tooth brushing. Also includes your puppy's own exclusive tooth brush-head for future visits.
This is not a veterinary procedure. Petmania reserve the right to refuse treatment to a dog where we feel veterinary care is required. Please see our Conditions of Service for more information.
Treatment Includes
Treatment Includes
What happens after?
Provided your puppy was comfortable during their first visit, they can then avail of our Puppy Ultrasonic Toothbrushing service. This involves brushing your puppy's teeth using our specialised toothbrush and toothpaste to remove bacteria and debris. This service can be booked as a standalone treatment or added on to any other pre-booked treatment.
Price for All Breeds: €20
This is not a veterinary procedure. Petmania reserve the right to refuse treatment where we feel veterinary care is required. Please see our Conditions of Service for more information
Puppy's First Dental Visit
What is involved?
We will introduce them to the toothbrush and only when comfortable, we will complete their first ultrasonic tooth cleaning. Includes your puppy's own exclusive toothbrush head for future visits.
Provided your puppy was comfortable, they can then avail of our Puppy Ultrasonic Toothbrushing service. This involves brushing your puppy's teeth using our specialised toothbrush and toothpaste to remove bacteria and debris. This service can be booked as a standalone treatment or added on to any other pre-booked treatment.
Price for All Breeds: €20
What is involved?