July 18, 2017 12:44 PM

When you think about the inside of your dog’s mouth, the Christina Aguilera song “Dirrty” might come to mind, but this doesn’t have to be the case.

PEOPLE Pet Vet Dr. Evan Antin knows you can learn a lot about your dog’s health by looking inside its maw.

Healthy-looking gums and teeth mean your mutt’s mouth is a cleanly place as far as muzzles go. Just like humans, canines can get pearly whites and strong gums through brushing and routine dental care. Don’t worry, brushing your dog’s teeth isn’t difficult if you follow Dr. Antin’s simple steps.

Where the issues arise is when a vet finds a mouth full of inflamed gums and decaying teeth. This can mean your pet is experiencing the discomfort of dental disease, which will require professional care to treat.

Still unsure about where your dog’s dental situation ranks? Check its breath. Sure, dog breath is rarely pleasant, but a dog with dental issues will have markedly stinkier chops.


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