It’s important for us as owners to understand why oral care is important for our dogs.
Table Of Contents
- It’s important for us as owners to understand why oral care is important for our dogs.
- Tartar buildup, gum disease, and bad breath.
- Cleaning a dogs’ mouth is simple.
- When to Start Brushing Puppy Teeth
- Should I Brush My Dogs Teeth?
- Is It Too Late to Brush Dogs Teeth?
How Often Should I Brush My Dogs Teeth?
Sometimes we wish that our pets would brush their teeth just as often as we do. Unfortunately, they don’t realize how important dental hygiene is to a pet’s health and happiness.
Nonetheless, there are steps you can take to help your dog maintain healthy gums and pearly whites!
Dog dental problems are usually divided into three categories:
Tartar buildup, gum disease, and bad breath.
Tartar starts building up on the teeth soon after they erupt from gums in your dog’s youth.
If left untreated for too long it can start to penetrate the enamel of a tooth until eventually all that remains is an infected pulp which would have to be removed by surgery or cause pain so severe your poor pooch might not even want food – ever again!
Gingivitis causes inflammation of tissues surrounding each tooth at its base where there should be only soft tissue instead of four tiny little nubs called “teeth.”
These are sharp enough when whole but if one gets broken off then this becomes more likely as well as you probably already know what
Periodontitis is an advanced gum disease that attacks not only the gums but also the bones beneath them.
Commonly called periodontal disease, this is a common dental problem for dogs and even younger ones may already be affected by it or earlier stages – like Gingivitis.
A year or two of buildup on dogs’ teeth could lead to the near-white substance coating their gums and teeth — that’s plaque, food particles, and bacteria.
If your dog has gum disease you may not have to imagine it because they would probably be able to see a visible sign: this white stuff is what results from all those elements together in an unhealthy mouth.
Bulldogs are known to have a habit of chewing on things, including bones. This can lead them to develop small breaks in their teeth called tooth fractures.
However, these fractured teeth may become infected with the endodontic disease over time due to the bacteria involved in the fracture site which leads to infections within it
So, to prevent the problems mentioned above and keep your dog’s teeth clean we recommend brushing their teeth!
Cleaning a dogs’ mouth is simple.
This passage has been made more interesting by adding in an extra bonus of no ‘doggie-breath.’
The best way to keep your dog’s teeth clean is by brushing them every day. This may sound like an impossible task but it really isn’t – over time, if you approach this slowly and lovingly, your dog will accept toothbrushing as a daily routine they actually enjoy!
If you think your dog has gum disease or fractured teeth, take the dog to a vet before attempting tooth brushing.
If gums are diseased and/or painful when touched by humans, dogs may associate pain with oral hygiene procedures in general and thus avoid them altogether.
When to Start Brushing Puppy Teeth
Ideally, you should start brushing a dog’s teeth when it is still young.
If done at an early age, this will be more of a game than punishment for the puppy and over time turn into something they enjoy doing together!
Using a toothbrush may seem like an intimidating process, but if you follow these simple steps you can help your dog become comfortable with its use.
Start by introducing them to the brush using something they will enjoy tasting such as garlic salt and water on an old toothbrush.
Dogs are also known for being attracted to things that smell of mint so buying some peppermint-flavored pet products might be helpful too!
The next day when holding out the new toothbrush in front of him or her make sure he knows what it is used for by repeating “brushing” while gently moving his mouth back and forth over it; this helps mimic brushing teeth which are very natural among dogs feeding off human behavior patterns.
It really does not need to cost you much in terms of time or money to look after your dog’s teeth!
You’ll need to get a pet toothbrush and paste. You can find both in any good store for pets
It is especially important that you purchase dog paste; do not use the human paste on your dog because the ingredients aren’t safe if ingested by dogs and they won’t be able to spit it out as we would with people’s toothpaste so make sure you buy something made specifically for them!
There are two types of toothbrushes for pets, one looks like a human toothbrush that is designed to brush small children’s teeth and the other is a finger-shaped thimble with bristles or pads mounted on it.
Both types of pet brushes can be bought at an affordable price so you may want to try out both before deciding which works best.
As long as the toothpaste tastes good to your dog, it won’t mind you messing around in its mouth and will even look forward to the daily ritual.
Should I Brush My Dogs Teeth?
If a dog owner doesn’t want to or cannot brush their dogs’ teeth themselves, they can take it to a veterinarian and have the vet give the dog’s teeth a professional cleaning.
The dentist will sedate your pet while doing all necessary scraping and brushing of its teeth so that you don’t have to do this yourself!
A checkup of the mouth is a great idea for your dog. In addition to looking out for broken, chipped, or cracked teeth, you should also monitor its gums and look for signs that they are not healthy.
If any problems arise during this process, get in contact with a veterinarian as soon as possible so it can be resolved quickly before there’s damage done to your pet’s health!
Because dogs chew on anything, it’s important to protect their teeth.
Dogs should only be chewing softer toys like rope bones and rubber balls so they don’t break or crack their teeth.
If you want to improve your dog’s breath and keep their teeth clean, buy some mouthwash for them!
I’m not kidding.
There are products like this available at pet stores that aren’t too expensive either (and don’t share the mental picture of trying to get a large animal with sharp teeth to gargle).
Just add all or part of it into their water dish so they can drink from there.
As you can see, dogs have dental problems that are very similar to human dental problems and they benefit from routine care just like us.
For all the products suggested here for your dog’s oral hygiene, ask your vet about their suggestions on which ones will be best suited for them!
Your vet is a medical professional who should thus be trusted as much as we trust our own doctors.
Is It Too Late to Brush Dogs Teeth?
No, it’s never really too late to start brushing your dog’s teeth, however, the longer you leave it the more difficult it can be in terms of any underlying issue or indeed behavior in response to it.
Start young and make it part of a regular thing and your dog will almost certainly get on board with it and may also enjoy it too!