In a word: yes! As noted above, your dog’s teeth are one of its most important assets, so anything you can do to help your pet retain a working set for life is worth doing. That said, many dogs are reasonably responsible when it comes to looking after their own oral health—hence their love for bones, branches, and general chewing.
As an owner, think about your dog’s natural teeth maintenance routine, then work out ways to supplement their behavior. Could they benefit from a manual brushing once per month, or do they just need a few more bones, KONG toys, or hard treats?
Home treatments for tooth pain in dogs
While it’s difficult (and not recommended) to tackle the cause of tooth pain at home, there are several steps owners can take to help ease pain for their dogs prior to receiving treatment from a veterinarian.
Most human medications are not appropriate for use on dogs—especially NSAIDs, which can prove highly toxic. Instead, stick to these three recommend pain relievers: