Dental care for dogs
Bad breath in dogs is a common problem and in any cases can be a sign of dental disease. Poor dental health affects around 80% of the pet population and can lead to pain and infection that can actually cause your pet to lose their teeth. Here you’ll find out about how to look after your dog’s teeth – spotting the signs of dental problems, following a proper dental care routine, and the best ways to keep their smile happy and healthy.
“POOR DENTAL HEALTH AFFECTS AROUND 80% OF THE PET POPULATION”
How to spot the common signs of dental disease
It’s a good idea to get into the habit of regularly checking your dog’s mouth when they are calm and relaxed. Gently lift up their lip to get a good look at your dog’s teeth and gums. The gums should be a nice healthy pink, and their teeth should be fairly white, and their breath not too offensive!
Why is a regular dental care routine so important for your dog?
Prevention is by far the best approach for helping your dog with their dental health. Start by making sure that your dog’s diet is healthy and wholesome. The next big thing is cleaning. Unless you take steps to clean their teeth every day, an invisible film of sticky plaque will build up on your dog’s teeth. This is bad because plaque will accumulate to become the hard, brown, material that we can see, which is called tartar. Tartar causes inflammation of the gums, gingivitis, and periodontal disease, which eventually leads to rotten teeth and tooth loss.
Since tartar can’t be removed by brushing it will become necessary for your dog to go to the vets for a ‘dental’ where your vet removes it whilst your dog is under general anaesthetic. Far better therefore to spend a few minutes each day brushing your dog’s teeth to remove the plaque before it becomes the brown cement of tartar!
how to brush your dog’s teeth
“Prevention is by far the best approach for helping your dog with their dental health”
What about dental chews?
Offering a dental chew to your dog regularly can help look after their teeth in several ways. Firstly, the mechanical action of chewing can help to physically shift plaque and tartar. In addition, chewing stimulates the release of saliva, which in turn can help to flush away bacteria and debris which would otherwise end up as plaque.
It’s very important to ensure that the chew you give them is not too hard. Anything harder than a tooth can cause your dog’s teeth to splinter or fracture when they try to chew down hard and apply pressure.
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