Tips for Proper Dog Dental Care
Unfortunately, not all dog owners understand the importance of proper dog dental care. Failure to care for the teeth can lead to issues just like it would if you didn’t care for yours properly. Below are a few tips on caring for your dog’s teeth.
When the teeth aren’t brushed on a regular basis, this gives bacteria the ability to accumulate. Plaque-forming foods will also help contribute to buildup. This will eventually turn into tartar once it hardens. The resulting condition is known as canine gingivitis which may cause the gums to recede and teeth to fall out.
The main way to prevent this is to clean your dog’s teeth on a regular basis. There are toothbrushes designed especially for canines that are soft and properly angled to help reach the harder places in the back. If your dog doesn’t particularly enjoy dealing with a traditional toothbrush, then a finger brush may be a suitable alternative. Dental wipes that will also help keep plaque at bay also exist.
Avoid using toothpaste designed for humans with your dog. It will likely cause their stomach some irritation. Instead, get some designed especially for dogs, or even ask your vet for a recommendation if you’re having a difficult time finding some. A simple solution would be to use a mixture of baking soda and water.
Since brushing the teeth is such an important part of dental care for dogs, it’s best to get started early. If you have a puppy, then get him used to it early. Don’t despair if you have an adult dog and are just now realizing the importance of brushing. Just go slow and be patient with getting an adult dog used to the process. Having a few treats on-hand should help.
Dogs have a natural desire to chomp on things. Take advantage of this by getting some chew toys. Not only will it help keep the teeth strong, but it also helps scrape soft tartar off the teeth. Read the labels to ensure that they are toxin-free though. The best materials for a chew toy include nylon, rawhide, and rubber.
Your dog’s diet is an important factor in his dental health. If tartar and plaque are especially problematic, then the vet may recommend a specially-formulated dry food. This type of food will help slow down any buildup on the teeth. Certain treats are also designed to promote proper canine dental care.
Your dog’s normal breath isn’t particularly fresh-smelling. However, his breath shouldn’t particularly be foul-smelling. If it is, it could be a sign of improper dental hygiene. This should especially be paid attention to if it’s accompanied by loss of appetite, vomiting, excessive drooling, or excessive drinking or urination.
No owner wants to have any problems with their dogs. Following these tips will help keep problems such as gingivitis at bay. Establishing a regular brushing routine will also help ensure proper dog dental care.