Having a pet is a huge responsibility. It is pretty time-consuming to be a dog’s owner. We have to be very attentive and make sure our dog eats the best dog food on earth. Our goofy friend must have the best toys, clothes, even birthday celebrations (I’ve visited some puppy parties!). Well, teeth care is something owners and dogs are prone to neglect. There are a couple of reasons. Dogs most likely hate to brush their teeth. It might be itchy and that dog toothpaste may taste weird for your friend. Above this, owners hate to make their dogs uncomfortable and avoid disturbing them (some naughty dogs may even try to bite you). It is sad, but brushing your dog’s teeth is very important if you want to avoid some serious health issues in the future. Here are easy steps on how to easily brush your dog’s teeth.
How often to brush the dog’s teeth?
Smaller the dog, more gentle teeth care it needs. It is recommended to brush small dog’s teeth every day (at least 2-3 times a week). Bigger dogs usually grind some tree sticks in a yard, their food is harder to chew and in general, their teeth are way stronger than ones of a tiny pup. So if you have a Chihuahua, Poodle, Yorkie, Pug, Pekingese or any medium or small-sized dog, it’s time to start brushing.
What to use for a dog’s teeth care?
Remember to NEVER use human toothpaste for your dog. It might be really harmful. Get a dog toothpaste in any pet store. Here is a list of what you can use for your dog’s dental care:
- Dog’s toothpaste
- Dog’s toothbrush (regular toothbrush or one you can put on a finger)
- Dental toys
- Dental Bones
- Dental sprays
You are welcome to use the last three options. Especially, if a dog hates brushing teeth and starts paw fight every time. Brushing is still a better option. As it appears dogs tend to be one-sided chewers, so all that dental stuff might be useless for teeth on the other side.
Please note that brushing dog’s teeth will reduce the formation of tartar, but it is still recommended having checked the chewing teeth at the vets. These teeth are way back in the dog’s mouth and you may not be able to brush them properly.
How to use a Toothbrush?
Most dogs hate this procedure. In the best scenario, try to start brushing teeth as soon as possible, since puppyhood. If your dog is not a puppy and hates teeth brushing, taking baby steps is the only option. Start with brushing the front teeth first and don’t forget to reward your dog every time he allows you to clean his teeth. After a while, try to reach other teeth as well.
The technique is really simple. Choose a soft brush (regular or one you can put on your finger). Brush a dog’s teeth as gently and slowly as possible not to irritate the gums. Move the toothbrush as you do it for yourself.
Is cleaning dog’s teeth necessary?
The mouth of a dog is pretty dirty. They lick everything, including their own body parts. There are lots of different bacteria which spread really fast on a dog’s teeth, If not cleaned regularly periodontal disease is unavoidable. This is an inflammation that affects the canine’s teeth and surrounding tissues, as inflammation progresses teeth will fall out. In the worst scenario bacteria can get into the bloodstream and infect important organs like the liver, heart, and kidney.
Here is a detailed explanation, how periodontal disease appears and affects our furry friends:
- Bacteria starts to feed on the food particles left on teeth and starts forming plaque.
- Tartar is the next thing to occur on your dog’s tooth. Tartar is stiff as a rock. Plaque and saliva particles cause tartar formation.
- Bacteria move all over the mouth and might get inside gums as well. This causes gingivitis and later, inflammation in a dog’s gums.
- Inflammation is destructive to tissues that hold the tooth. So they just fall out one by one, if not treated promptly.
Signs of teeth problems in dogs
You need to visit the vet if you sense an unpleasant smell from your dog’s mouth. If you check its teeth and see yellowish tartar all over its teeth better to have a professional clean them. Dogs lose appetite when they have teeth issues because it hurts to chew the dog food. They may even paw there face frequently as if they try to rub their face.
How to prevent periodontal disease in dogs?
Like in every case fighting something that hasn’t begun yet is the best strategy. Regular brushing will solve this issue only if tartar hasn’t formed yet. If it has already got on your dog’s teeth better to visit a vet and have them cleaned professionally. The only way to prevent this disease is to take care of canine’s teeth. Use dental toys and bones, brush teeth at least once a week. Even if you follow all the instructions it is still recommended visiting the vet clinic once a year to be on the save side.
It might be really difficult to make your dog enjoy process which actually is very annoying. Remember that this simply has to be done, if you want your dog to enjoy a healthy life with healthy teeth.