Have you ever wondered how to maintain your dog's dental hygiene? As in humans, dental health is an issue that cannot be ignored. The good news for dogs is that they are not as prone to cavities as people.
But beware of widespread knowledge! Despite the fact that a dog's mouth is cleaner than that of a human being, dogs can also develop problems with their teeth, such as the accumulation of plaque on the surface of the teeth after meals and the consequent formation of tartar and diseases such as gingivitis (which involves inflammation of the gums) or periodontitis (inflammation around the tooth due to the advancement of bacterial plaque).
Although it is not just about bad breath (halitosis) or yellow teeth, canine dental problems can lead to infections that can lead to problems with the heart, liver, gastrointestinal diseases (such as vomiting and diarrhea from continuously swallowing plaque), kidney, and even endanger the life of your dog.
These problems are also more common in small breed dogs, such as Yorkshire, Chihuahua, or Maltese.
WHAT CAN BE DONE TO KEEP YOUR DOG'S MOUTH HEALTHY?
DRY FEED IS BETTER THAN WET FOOD
If you prefer prevention than cure - because you suspect that brushing your dog's teeth may end with blood, sweat, or tears - there are other options you can take to help improve your dog's oral health and wash away tartar.
A crunchy kibble is better for your dog's teeth than soft food, as wet food sticks to the teeth more easily.
Also, you can look for a supplement with properties that control plaque and tartar and help prevent your friend's bad breath. Do not forget the alternative of antiseptics, which are added to their water, or specific dental sprays for dogs.
SNACKS TO TAKE CARE OF DENTAL HYGIENE
Snacks are an extraordinary alternative to prevent plaque and tartar and are the favorite form of dogs: they enjoy taking their snacks while they clean their teeth and eliminate bad breath, as with the ADVANCE Dental Care Stick. So now you know, when you go to reward your dog, do it with these healthy bars for them. They will appreciate it!
CHEW ON BONES AND TOYS TO CLEEN TEETH
Take advantage of the moments when your best friend is sucking on his toys to clean his teeth himself without even realizing it. Many natural bones and synthetic toys are specially designed to strengthen your dog's gums and teeth.
By giving your dog a good bone to chew on, you are helping him get rid of plaque as well as strengthening his teeth.
WHY DO I NEED TO CLEAN MY DOG'S TEETH ?
The dog dental cleaning kit is not very different from that of people. Therefore, you will need a toothbrush and toothpaste set.
The ideal is to clean your dog's teeth with a toothbrush daily and on both sides of the tooth, also taking into account that more tartar accumulates on the fangs and molars. And if you can't do it every day, we recommend that it be a minimum of three times a week.
On the other hand, specific toothpaste for dogs is edible and does not need to be rinsed. They tend to like cheese or meat-flavored toothpaste, but if your dog can't tolerate any, you can just use water.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR DOG'S TEETH
Once you have the complete set of toothbrushes and toothpaste, you will wonder how to clean your dog's teeth.
Typically, your dog is not very much in favor of brushing his teeth at first, but with time and patience, you can make this experience reasonably enjoyable for both of you.
⦁ Pick a time when your dog is tired from a lot of exercise. With this, you will get him to listen to you and stay still during the procedure.
⦁ Once the dog is comfortable, the first thing is to lift the lips and calmly begin to brush from the bottom to the top, starting from the gum line.
The first few times, do so cautiously. Start slowly, and if the dog becomes stressed, stop the activity even if you haven't brushed the entire mouth. Little by little, you will increase the brushing time, being able to resort to strategies such as wetting a gauze that is then rolled to the finger so that it associates this type of contact. And do not forget to reward your dog every time he behaves well with pampering and affection. Finally, remember that the veterinarian should conduct a deep cleaning of the teeth at least once a year.