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Dental Hygiene for Dogs

While you’re busy keeping up with your own oral hygiene, don’t forget to look after your pup’s dental health too! Plenty of people are a little too familiar with their pet’s less-than-fresh breath, but did you know that dogs can have problems like cavities and gum disease, too? And just like with humans, those dental issues can signal the start of other health issues. Here are some general tips to follow for taking care of your dog’s dental hygiene:

Brushing Teeth

Yup, that’s right. You should brush your dog’s teeth but not necessarily twice a day like you do with your own. It’s great if you can do it daily, but if you can’t, a couple times a week should be fine. Go for a canine toothbrush that has two heads with bristles if possible, and definitely use dog-specific toothpaste. We repeat: it’s okay to use a normal human toothbrush, but please do not use your toothpaste! Most dogs haven’t worked their way up to spitting on command, and the fluoride in many of our toothpastes can make your dog sick.

When brushing your dog’s teeth for the first time, it may be a little tricky to get them to sit still or feel comfortable with what you’re doing. Consider having tooth-brushing time right after playtime so they’re less restless. Also, be patient. They might not love having you scrub around their mouth, so gently ease into it. If your dog absolutely cannot tolerate tooth brushing, pick up some dog dental wipes. They may not be able to get in all those hard-to-reach crevices, but they’re better than nothing!

Dental Treats or Toys

There are plenty of products out there disguised as treats or toys that are actually meant to help your dog’s dental health, including rawhide chews, bones, biscuits, and toys. We bet your dog will love the extra attention, and you can give yourself a pat on the back for being a thoughtful dog owner! The simple act of chewing can reduce the amount of plaque buildup in your dog’s mouth.

When shopping for a product, keep an eye out for a “VOHC-approved” stamp. This means that it meets standards issued by the Veterinary Oral Health Council. Also, take into consideration your dog’s size and preferences to find the right match.

Vet Check-Ups

You maintain your regular doctor check-ups, and the same should be true for your pup too! Remember to bring your dog to the veterinarian every six months to a year so that they can receive a professional dental exam. Crystal Falls Animal Hospital and Block House Creek Animal Hospital are two of the local vets close to us here at Apple Springs Family Dentistry!

Want some dental hygiene tips of your own? We’re in the business of helping humans, and we’d be more than happy to help you! Contact Apple Springs Family Dentistry to discuss some best practices for your oral health, and to set up a teeth cleaning and exam of your own at our Leander office.

 

APPLE SPRINGS FAMILY DENTISTRY
OFFICE:
3421 N Lakeline Blvd, Suite 230
Leander, Texas 78641

Phone: (512) 212-9711

Hours of Operation:
Mon: 8am – 5pm
Tue: 8am -5pm
Wed: 8am – 5pm
Thu: 8am – 5pm
Fri: 8am – 1pm
Sat – Sun: Closed

 

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Anyhow- if looking for new dentist in the Leander or Cedar Park area - highly recommend Dr Tay at Apple 🍎 Springs Family dentistry next to Randall’s

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Took time to explain procedure, did not feel rushed.
Mike B. ★★★★★ Great experience at Apple Springs! Needed to find a new dentist and am glad that I stopped by. The girls in the front were very personable and welcoming!...Johnny M. ★★★★★ Dr. Tay and his staff are amazing. They greet us with big smile and white teeth! Treat us with care, especially my youngest son who doesn't like going to...Wayne B. ★★★★★ I am in Texas visiting family and working for the next few weeks and one morning while flossing noticed something in my gums. As my dentist is in...Melissa H. ★★★★★ Great first time experience. Was definitely made to feel welcome. Wonderful staff and doctor that showed that they cared about me and my experience there.Diana R. ★★★★★ Dr. Tay and his staff are always wonderful. The assistant today was super sweet and diligent. I love a perfectionist cleaning my teeth, and she sure was a perfectionist! Very thorough. She is definitely an asset to Dr. Tay’s team. The office is always clean and the bonus tv in the ceiling is a lifesaver for people like me who get nervous at the dentist office. Thank you staff! Y’all are awesome!Susana G. ★★★★★ I love this place!!! The Dr. Tay is amazing, good listener, patience, honest and very professional. The staff is incredible and very friendly. My Daughter...Luda L. ★★★★★ Best dentist I’ve been too! It’s clean, modern, and the people are amazing! Everyone was so friendly and made the whole experience great! So glad a friend recommended this dentist!Lyudmila L. ★★★★★ Apple Spring is an amazing dentist! It's clean, modern, and the people are great! Everything was quick and convenient from portable X-rays to a TV mounted...Krissy Kinsey M. ★★★★★ This was my first visit with Dr. Tay. I had a cleaning with Desi, She did an excellent job! And Doctor Tay repaired a chip on one of my front teeth. It doesn’t even look like I ever had a chip out of that tooth. He match the color of exact. 100% recommend Apple Springs Family Denistry!JuliaMarie R. ★★★★★ They are kind, smart, gentle people that will help you.Stacy W. ★★★★★ I confess. I am a complete coward when it comes to dentistry. Some bad experiences in my youth fostered a fear of the chair that led me to procrastination...Rick D. ★★★★★ Best dental clinic in Texas. Friendly, accommodating and patient focused.Krystal S. ★★★★★ Incredible staff! Everyone is super polite and friendly. I love how they do X-rays too. It is already uncomfortable having a wedge in your teeth and for the...Justin A. ★★★★★ The entire staff at Apple Springs is on their "A" game. Friendly, efficient and professional.Christa O. ★★★★★ Always a fun experience, and they’re always on time! My 4 and 8 year old daughters are big fans!Amber H. ★★★★★ I can not say enough about Dr.Tay and his staff. They are truly amazing! I have never been a fan of going to the dentist even at 30! Apple Springs made me...Carly C. ★★★★★ Dr Tay and all the staff at Apple Springs are amazing. When we moved to Leander I worried that we wouldn't find the same quality care with the cozy,...Suzanne Brown G. ★★★★★ Everyone at Apple Springs Family Dentistry is great. Beautiful and clean modern office. They are always willing to work with me on scheduling our appointments around school and work. They treat us like family and they are in a great location.Crystal H. ★★★★★ I'm a new patient here and I love this place. The office is very tidy and I've never had a wait at my appointments. The staff is so amazing and they...Karen L. ★★★★★ Need a Dentist? Call Apple Springs! I just had a great experience!!Soni K. ★★★★★ Dr. Tay is great! I visited his office for the first time for a cleaning and orthodontic care evaluation. He is super friendly and very smart in his field...Edie O. ★★★★★ Awesome experience as always! I have had bad in the past (other clinics). They do a great job explaining what they are doing and do everything possible to...Lauren C. ★★★★★ A comfortable and relaxing place (even though it is a dental office). Everyone was kind and interested in how I was doing. I usually have quite a bit of...Meagan H. ★★★★★ Everything was great from the start. I was referred to go see Dr. Tay from a friend who worked for him previously and she recommended him very highly....Carly C. ★★★★★ Dr Tay and staff are amazing, we relocated to Leander and needed to find a new family dentist, we are so thankful we found Apple Springs. The staff are...Donald K. ★★★★★ Great experience and top notch dentistry. Just moved down from the NorthEast and by far the best dental experience in a long time.Sarah A. ★★★★★ Dr. Tay and his team are excellent. They go above and beyond. We've had nothing but great experiences with them.Mark D. ★★★★★ Very friendly people here, nice office (they even have tv's on the ceiling!), very conscious of safety during covid. I will definitely be back!Sheryl A. ★★★★★ I can't believe I'm actually going to say this but I'll definitely be going back to Dr. Tay. He's awesome!!! As most people do, I have a phobia of going to...Deneke O. ★★★★★ My cleaning was gentle yet thorough. I'm happy I changed to this office. Overall the service was great including the front desk person.Yasmeen A. ★★★★★ I always have a great experience at Apple Springs Dentistry. I get appointment reminders, a quality cleaning, and friendly staff. Dr. Tay is friendly,...Laura J. ★★★★★ I just moved from Austin to the Leander area and did not feel like driving into Austin just to have my teeth cleaned. I did my due diligence and checked out...Kathi L. ★★★★★ I love our dentist and his staff! They are always happy and inviting. It is never asked, "did you/do you floss?" There is no blame or shame, only happy...Yvette D. ★★★★★ This was my first appt with this dental practice. From the office personnel to the dental hygienist to the Dr. was a really good experience!! Everyone was...Donna A. ★★★★★ Everyone was super nice & made sure I was totally comfortable. Price was what I was expecting. Went in for a cracked tooth & was in and out in 2 hours.Dustin N. ★★★★★ Look, I love this place, and I am saying that about a dentist. Everyone is great and personable. They maintain the highest standard of care and I wouldn't...Ry M. ★★★★★ My husband & I both had our first exams & cleanings here this week. We are more than impressed - very clean facility, professional & caring staff &...Chad H. ★★★★★ Great people here! They got me in and out for a procedure in no time. They were very caring and attentive the entire time I was there. My wife and mother in...Joe P. ★★★★★ I had an abscessed tooth and needed it removed quickly. I received an appointment within a day or two. I received excellent care but was unable to be numbed...Julie B. ★★★★★ Everyone in this office is so friendly. They seem to all get along so well. It has a very positive and energetic vibe! Jennifer at the front desk was so...Shannon S. ★★★★★ Absolutely love Dr. Tay and his entire staff. I have high anxiety when it comes to dental work and his entire staff were very understanding and made me...Tom M. ★★★★★ Really nice people, easy scheduling and convenient location for me. I recently relocated from Georgetown and needed a new dentist. I found the staff at...John N. ★★★★★ My teeth are sensitive and I often do not feel comfortable seeing any dentist. Though, this time the cleaning went quite pleasant within my comfort...
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