Dog Health: Teeth

Anybody looking for information on “dog health teeth” is without doubt wanting advice related to dental care and that’s exactly what we’re going to cover in this article.

Dog’s breath is known for having an odor that most humans dislike but how bad it is depends largely on how well your dog’s dental hygiene has been taken care of.

To facilitate cleaning your dog’s teeth, it’s important that you teach him to open his mouth without a struggle and accept that you put your fingers and/or a foreign object in his mouth. The younger he is when this training begins, the easier it will be although never listen to those who say “can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” This is simply untrue; any dog can learn.

Most dental problems are caused through the build up of plaque on the teeth. This is the soft, sticky substance that forms on teeth between brushing, also in humans. If left, the plaque hardens and turns brown - it has now become tartar. The tartar will gradually get under the gums where it will cause infection leading to loose teeth that will eventually fall out. This process is very painful and totally unnecessary as it’s so easily avoided.

Vets recommend that dogs teeth are brushed twice a week but for those who cannot do this, either because their dog won’t allow it or because they don’t have the time, it’s important that you offer your dog plenty of chews. These help to keep his teeth clean by rubbing against the teeth thus eroding plaque.

Soft, wet food (the kind that’s sold in tins) should be avoided and never fed as your dog’s main meal. This kind of food leads to a quick build up of plaque whilst dry, biscuit type foods give your dog’s teeth something to work with and are generally a far healthier alternative.

Special brushes and toothpaste can be bought for dogs, either from your vet or from a specialist pet store. Your vet will explain the best way to brush but as dog’s teeth have gaps between them, reaching in between them and getting at every surface is a relatively easy task.

Look after your dog’s dental hygiene and he’ll have every chance of retaining his teeth into old age without having to suffer the pain of toothache.

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