Did you know that regular brushing of your dog's teeth can add a year or so to their life? The recommendation by the American Veterinary Association is that a dog's teeth be brushed daily. Understandably, daily brushing may be difficult to achieve (we know first hand). But if you start early when they're a puppy and stick with it, you'll see a measurable difference in the long run. Short of bad breath (which is the first sign of dental disease), doggie dental disease can seriously affect your dog's heart, kidney, intestinal tract, and joints. Fortunately, routine brushing can stave off bad breath and plaque and these more serious conditions.