Keeping Your Dog’s Teeth Clean – Why It’s Important!
Keeping your dog’s teeth clean is as important a job as cleaning your own. They can’t brush their own teeth so you have to do it for them. Your pet can suffer from many of the same dental problems as their human owners, so it’s vital for their oral health to get those doggie teeth scrubbed on a daily basis and for you to have a dog dental care routine.
Getting rid of plaque and tartar on your dog’s teeth can stop things like bad breath. So much nicer when your pooch gives you some of those lovely kisses! It can also prevent sore gums. Apart from being unpleasant, both conditions can be indications of further problems ahead, such as gum disease or cavities.
This can make your pet very unhappy. Think of all the things your dog does with its mouth. It’s not just eating and drinking but exploring, being affectionate and grooming themselves. When dogs play they use their mouths to bring the ball or toy back. Your pet most likely loves a dog chew or a dental treat. Sore teeth and gums will affect many aspects of your dog’s life.
It doesn’t stop there, though. As in humans, poor oral health can lead to other, more serious problems in your dog. In very bad cases the major organs such as heart and kidneys can be affected.
If you don’t already have a dog teeth-cleaning routine, or maybe only brush their teeth once in a while, why not start a routine for your pet to help them live a healthy, happy life.
How to keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy
Daily dog teeth cleaning routine will keep your pet’s mouth fresh and healthy. If you have a puppy, start the routine as soon as possible. An older dog may not be keen so you might need a bit of patience, but it’s worth it.
Dog toothpaste is usually meat flavoured so they will be attracted to it. Don’t be tempted to use toothpaste for humans as it can upset their stomach if they swallow too much.
Start with a small blob of doggie toothpaste on your finger and gently rub it around your dog’s teeth. They may lick it off, which is fine. It’s all part of getting used to this new routine.
After a few days, introduce a dog toothbrush. Select a soft bristled one and let your dog investigate before you attempt to brush their teeth with it. A child’s toothbrush is ideal for smaller dogs. When you are satisfied they are comfortable with this new object, begin a gentle brush around their teeth with some lovely meaty doggie toothpaste.
The Beaphar Dental Kit at £6.95 is the perfect starter kit which contains everything you need to get started. Containing a double-ended soft grip dog toothbrush and meat flavoured dog toothpaste which your dog will love!
Dog Teeth Cleaning Products
Dog dental chews and treats are a great way of helping to keep their teeth clean and their gums healthy. Dogs absolutely love to chew so giving them a dental treat such as the Orabone is an ideal way to maintain good oral health. The Orabone Dental Treats come in three sizes for small, medium or large dogs.
Dental sticks are treats you can give to your dog to help keep their teeth and gums in good order. Totally Grainless Dental Sticks are made with yummy chicken and peanut butter and they are grain, wheat, gluten and corn free.
Dogs will spend hours gnawing dog chews such as the Tasty Bone Peppermint Trio or Buffalo Horns. Dog chews like these help control the build-up of tartar on your dog’s teeth keeping them strong, healthy and white. They will also keep them busy for hours!
Spotting dental problems
A good dog tooth cleaning routine will help stop your pet from developing dental problems. After all, prevention is much better than cure and as dogs are so good at covering up their pain, there are certain signs to look out for that may indicate your pet has a dental problem.
Look out for dribbling, red gums or signs of your dog struggling to eat. They may stop wanting to play catch or they may stop grooming. You can help prevent problems in your dog’s mouth by routine checking. Your pet’s gums should look pink and healthy and their teeth should be clean and white. If you have any concerns make sure you take your dog straight to the vet for a dental check-up.