Routine oral care is one of the most important things that owners can do for the health of their dogs. Dogs benefit greatly from having their teeth brushed several times a week. It is best to start brushing a dog’s teeth when it is young, so that it gets used to the routine and learns to enjoy it. Feeding dry kibble is another good way to keep a dog’s teeth and gums tidy and clean. Toothbrushes, toothpastes and rinses made just for dogs are readily available at local retail pet supply outlets. Special diets, chew toys and flavored treats are also available. These are promoted to help reduce plaque and tartar buildup and generally improve oral hygiene for our canines companions.