How To Clean Your Dog’s Teeth
dental hygiene in dogs
Dental hygiene is among the most neglected areas of care for dogs. Like people, dogs should receive regular dental care. Neglected dental treatment can result in problems eating, smelly breath, damaged and decaying teeth and gum disease. Harmful bacteria from infected parts of the mouth may travel to other regions of the dog's body,
dental hygiene and health
There's increasing evidence of a causal link between periodontal issues and kidney, heart and liver disease in dogs. Approximately one third of operations in dogs involving the use of anaesthetics result from dental health issues. Dogs live lengthier, healthier lives if dental health is taken care of and kept up during their lives. Cleaning your dog's teeth a couple of times every week will assist in preventing build-up of plaque. The sooner you start to brush your dog's teeth the better.
dog's diet and oral health
Periodontal health is one thing which every dog owner should be conscious of once a dog gets to 2 or 3 years old. Numerous elements determine dental health, and these become more and more important as your dog gets older. Pay particular attention to your dog's diet including treats and chews.
Diet has a huge effect on your dog’s oral health. It is the greatest contributor to smelly breath. Feed your dog quality food - avoiding canned food or table scraps. Your dog’s diet should consist entirely of dried food or raw food. If you use dry food, it is best not to moisten it because crunching the food can help remove plaque. In some cases, a vet may recommend a certain type of canned food, but this is the only circumstance in which you should use it.
Many treats are approved for use by the Veterinary Oral Health Council and these can be sometimes be found in stores or you can get them from your vet. If you need help deciding which diet is best for your dog, or if you have any concerns about your dog's oral health, consult your veterinarian.
If you would like to see the list of foods and treats approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council check their website.
keeping your dog's teeth clean
Think about offering your dog raw bones weekly to assist in maintaining his oral health. These will naturally clean your dog's teeth as he gnaws on them. A raw bone will keep your dog occupied for hours and, as well as improving his oral health will help alleviate boredom. Some vets recommend feeding your dog exclusively on raw meat.
Regular brushing of your dog’s teeth is the best way to maintain oral health between dental visits. A bacterial film known as plaque starts to form on the dog’s teeth shortly after he eats his meals. It is this plaque which leads to periodontal disease. The mechanical action of the brushing removes the plaque.
Unfortunately, dogs are unable to hold a toothbrush and clean their own teeth. This means you will have to do it for them. Some dogs accept this process better than others but over time all dogs will become accustomed to it.
Ideally, you should clean your dog's teeth every day. Within as little as 24 hours the plaque begins to harden. You should use an enzymatic toothpaste and a list of approved products can be found on the website of the Veterinary Oral Health Council.
Using a back and forth motion with your finger or a soft cloth, gradually clean your dog's teeth. Take special care not to be accidentally bitten.
If you follow these simple steps will keep your dogs oral health in good condition and may prevent more serious problems in later years.