The older a dog gets, the worse their teeth get. Whilst brushing is still the preferred method, there are a variety of doggy toothpastes available, containing multi-enzymes to help destroy plaque merely by smearing them on the teeth. Check your dog’s teeth about once a month, noting any damage, red or inflamed gums or bleeding, for your vet’s attention. It is worth mentioning that bad teeth can lead to a bad heart. The bacteria produced by the teeth can be taken via the blood stream to the heart, where it can gather on the valves of the heart causing the heart to work harder. Getting dental work done now may prolong your dogs life.