Dogs need regular dental care just like humans. The dental tartar you see building up on your dog’s teeth is about 80% bacteria and can damage the gums, the bone beneath and the ligaments that hold teeth in place. This bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause damage to vital organs such as the liver, kidneys and heart. In addition, dental disease is painful for your pup. Regular brushing with dog-safe enzymatic toothpaste, dental treats and dental specific diets will help slow the buildup of dental tartar. Most of our canine companions will eventually need a full dental cleaning with dental X-rays under anesthesia by a licensed veterinarian. The frequency of these cleanings will vary by individual and by the amount of home dental care. Consult your veterinarian about the best dental program for your dog.