Brushing your dog’s teeth is something that you should take the time to do every day and is something that is important for your dog’s good health. Dogs can get gingivitis and tartar just like adults. Gingivitis and tartar can cause periodontal disease or can lead to dental abscesses. These infections can cause serious problems with heart valves, liver, and kidneys. It is a good idea to get in the habit of looking into your dog’s mouth. Look at his teeth and smell his breath…know what is normal for your dog. If you know what is normal for your dog, you will be able to detect a broken tooth, reddening of the gums, a growth, or some other change in their mouth. You also need to be able to tell if their breath changes. If you notice any of these things you need to let your veterinarian know.

To brush your dog’s teeth you need an approved canine toothpaste. Canine toothpaste comes in different flavors. If you find a flavor that your dog likes it will be easier to brush his teeth and brushing his teeth will be more enjoyable for you and your dog. You will also need a toothbrush designed for your dog. The size of your dog will make a difference on the toothbrush you will need. There are large toothbrushes for big dogs and there are smaller toothbrushes for medium and small dogs. Doggy toothbrushes and  toothpaste are dog supplies that you can buy at your local pet store.  To brush your dog’s teeth you need to first put the toothpaste on the toothbrush and brush in a straight path. You only need to brush the outside of the teeth and make sure you brush your dog’s back teeth. Your dog’s tongue will take care of cleaning the inside of his teeth. Ninety six percent of tartar is on the outside of a dog’s teeth and that is what you will want to focus on.  If you brush your dog’s teeth once a week or once a month it won’t do anything for your dog’s teeth. These are other things that can help keep your dog’s teeth clean: 1. Special diets can be mixed with your dog’s food that will help your dog maintain good dental health. 2. Gels can be applied weekly to prevent bacteria from sticking to your dog’s teeth. 3. Drinking water additives that might help fight plaque. 4. Chew toys can also help prevent plaque and tartar.  It is very simple to brush your dog’s teeth and you should brush your dog’s teeth on a daily basis to help maintain your dog’s good health.

 

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