Dogs and other pets are not prone to dental problems such as cavities and rotting of teeth as much as humans are. Despite these, dental care for your pets is very important as pets can develop other dental problems like tartar, gingivitis, plaque buildup. Ignoring of these problems can lead to serious infections in your pets which can be life-threatening sometimes as dental problems affect heart, liver kidney and can give rise to disease in these organs. To make sure that your pet is safe, here are some tip.
Use a canine tooth brush when brushing the teeth of your dog. Double-headed brushes with a 45 degree angle are the best to clean below the gum line. You can find these brushes in different pet stores or consult your vet regarding the same. However, it can be a difficult task for you to brush the teeth of your dog. Try and brush the teeth when your dog is tired, which is usually after some playtime of running around. Start of slowly with very little force and then as your dog grows to get used to it, you can make the process more effective.
Remember to NOT use regular human toothpaste for your pets. Consult your vet regarding what tooth paste to use as they might change from breed to breed and from age.
Dry food is better for your dogs’ teeth than soft food. Remember this when the brushing of your dog’s teeth ends up in bleeding, infection and tears. If your dog is teething, giving it a strong bone or a bone snack to chew on can help the teeth become stronger, and can also avoid a situation where your dog chews on furniture and other things due to the itching cause by the teething process. But remember to not over do these as chewing on bones can be addictive and too much chewing can also harm to gums of your dog.
Remember to check inside the mouth of your pet at least once a week, whether you brush your dog’s teeth or not. If you notice oral problems like bad breath, change in chewing habits, depression, too much drooling, missing or broken teeth, misaligned teeth, bleeding or red or swollen gums, yellowish-brown tartar near the gum line of the teeth of your dog or any form of infection in the mouth calls for a visit to the vet immediately.
Your dog should get his/her teeth check by a vet often even if you know that he/she has healthy teeth. Go for a overall oral check up every six to twelve months to the vet. Ensure that your vet includes a regular dental check up along with the usual overall check up.