Dog Hygiene – How to Take Care of Their Teeth!

Surprisingly, many dog owners are not that knowledgeable on dental care for their companions. Worse still, some don’t tend to their teeth until there is a visible problem, or very bad odor coming from the mutt’s mouth! However, it would be time to wise up if you are one of those owners who don’t have much of a clue when it comes to dental care. Dental diseases are unpleasant for dogs and their owners who have to see them in discomfort or pain. If dental problems are left to escalate then teeth will drop out and your pooch’s mouth will smell like a small animal died in there.
Routine checks of your dog’s teeth and gums are a seriously good idea – the gums will most likely be what gives the sign of a problem in the first case. Swollen and red raw gums are a sign that something is up. If they have lost their appetite then that is one of the major symptoms of a health problem as we all know how much dogs love to eat! If you see that there appears to be a problem, then don’t hesitate to see your local vet for an observation.
You won’t always see bacteria in the mouth until some damage has been done – tooth decay and tooth loss for example. Just because things look okay, don’t be fooled into thinking it is and don’t shy from proper dental care. If things escalate, diseases or infections in the mouth can spread to other areas of the body where the problem could become far more serious and even fatal – especially if it involves the heart, lungs or kidneys. So if you see some plaque – don’t take it so lightheartedly in the future!
The thing with plaque is, it will attach to the teeth and if left to hang around the mouth it will get harder and tartar will pass on by too. This doesn’t take much longer than a day to two days. Now tartar, is a real stubborn thing and you won’t get rid of it through normal brushing either. The best way to overcome the growth of plaque and tarter is to prevent it in the first place. If you can get into the habit of good dental care when they are still a puppy, this would be for the best. If you have an older dog though and are unsure if any dental care was given in the past – it is never to late to start. Although, in the case of older dogs, it might be a good idea to have their teeth cleaned by a professional to get as much of the plaque and tartar build up removed as possible.
Brushing his teeth everyday will not be an errand, but have in mind how healthy a dog you will be the proud owner of! Think of all the problems you can stay clear of, just by giving their teeth a good seeing to! You can use toothpaste that is especially formulated for dogs – but it is really only the taste that is different and more favored by dogs. Then pick up a dog toothbrush and set about the teeth gently – working from the back to the front in small circular motions. Don’t forget the gums either! One minute of brushing is nothing for the good health of your companion.
Certain dog chews are also good at maintaining good teeth, so let them a chew one time in the day – perhaps before bedtime so they have something to amuse themselves with as you fall to sleep.

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