What’s the big deal about dental hygiene for dogs? Roughly 70% of dogs over the age of two have some form of dental issue such as loose, discolored teeth or swollen gums which may lead to pain while eating and chewing. If dental issues aren’t treated promptly, dental disease will set in. Dental disease carries the potential of damaging the liver, kidneys and heart of an otherwise healthy dog. Conditions such as plaque, calculus, gingivitis and periodontal disease are preventable — but that prevention requires commitment. The best way to prevent dental disease is to clean your dog’s teeth daily using a pet toothpaste or gel applied to a soft bristle toothbrush, a finger brush, or even a piece of gauze or washcloth. If tooth brushing isn’t feasible, there are alternatives out there including chewable toothpaste and hard chew toys