Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth Prevents Serious Oral Problems

Tooth-Brushing Basics

The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that 80 percent of dogs show signs of oral disease by age 3. To keep your dog’s mouth clean and healthy, tooth brushing should be on every owner’s daily agenda. Unfortunately, most owners either don’t know this or have a dog who simply refuses to get with the program. The AKC is here to help. We’ll provide tips for everything you need to begin an oral-hygiene regime, including how to get an uncooperative canine to submit to daily brushing. The AKC's e-book, "Tooth Brushing Basics," is free.



About this Series

At the AKC, we know better than anyone that your dog can’t be treated like a car or an appliance, but we’ve named this series “A Dog Owner’s Manual” because sometimes you probably wish your lovable companions came with one.

These concise guides give you the tools, tips, and direction to be a responsible and confident dog owner who brings out the best in your dog. Give them a test drive!