Dental health care is a must for a dog

by Vivien Richardson on May 7, 2010

One of the most neglected areas in doggie health care is a dog’s teeth. It is essential for your dog to have good teeth. When you bring home a new puppy you have the opportunity to start a regular grooming routine, including brushing his teeth.

Plaque soon builds up over a short time due to the combination of particles of food and your pet’s saliva.

toothbrushing dogs teethYour dog will have minerals in his saliva that, if left, will turn into tartar. Tartar is easily recognisable with a yellow line showing itself around his gum line. This line of tartar will eventually irritate your pet’s gums and lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease.

A senior dog that has never had any form of dental treatment could have a serious problem with bacteria and toxins attacking his connective tissue around his teeth, bones and gums. In some cases a build up of bacteria can also affect his lungs, liver, kidney and heart. Looking after your dog’s teeth will ensure your pet is able to digest his food and avoid unwanted health issue later on in life, and save you expensive vet bills.

Taking your dog to the vet for an annual check will be a good opportunity for you to ask about quality dental care.

The easiest method is listed below:

  1. First calm him down and place a little bit of his doggie toothpaste on your finger for him to lick it. Praise your dog and try again in a couple of hours.
  2. Massage a little toothpaste on the front of his teeth, just for him to get used to it. Do not use toothpaste that is manufactured for humans.
  3. Use a doggie toothbrush that fits on your finger, unless your vet has recommended you use a regular toothbrush.
  4. Brush gently in a circular motion, paying attention to the line where the tooth and the gum meet.

It does not matter if at first you do not manage to clean all his teeth. Try to work on different teeth until your pet is happy with you brushing his teeth. Whether or not you have managed to complete a dental routine, remember to give praise.

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