When it comes to keeping your pet healthy, their dental care is just as important as their other needs. If you neglect your dog’s dental health, it may lead to periodontal disease and other serious health issues.
Did you know that gum disease is five times more common to occur in dogs than in humans? That’s because dogs have more alkaline, which promotes the formation of plaque. If you don’t look after your dog’s teeth, plaque build-up can be a breeding place for bacteria.
Here are some tips on keeping your dog’s teeth as healthy as can be.
Protecting Your Dogs Dental Health
An excellent way to prevent plaque build-up is to brush your dog’s teeth. You don’t need to do it daily, although the more often you do it, the better! Most dogs aren’t happy to get their teeth brushed at first, but you shouldn’t have much trouble training them in the same way you would to trim their nails.
You will need to buy toothpaste that has been specifically made for dogs, as the toothpaste we use will contain harmful ingredients. There is also a range of different toothbrushes to choose from, including a long-handled toothbrush and one that fits over your fingertip.
Chewy Dental Treats
Flavored dental treats are one of the best ways to keep on top of your dog’s oral care. Dog dental treats are designed to remove the build-up of plaque and often contain ingredients to keep their mouth clean and smelling fresher.
Professional Teeth Clean
If you’d prefer not to brush your dog’s teeth yourself, you could consider taking them to your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can keep your dog’s teeth clean while preventing and addressing any issues that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. A professional dental clean may be the most expensive option, but it’s the best way to ensure that any signs of dental issues are investigated.
Signs of Dental Issues in Dogs
Bad breath is one of the early signs of dental disease in dogs. Unfortunately, most owners believe that dogs naturally have bad breath. While your dog’s breath will never smell fresh as ours, it shouldn’t smell bad.
Some of the signs of dental problems such as gum disease may include:
- Bleeding gums or blood in the water bowl
- Difficulty eating
- Loose teeth
- Pawing at their mouth or face
If you notice any symptoms that are concerning you, you should seek advice from your veterinarian as soon as possible.