Oral health care is not just an important part of good hygiene, it is important for overall health when it comes to people and their furry best friends. Yes, your dog needs to maintain good oral care, on a daily basis too. The health of your dog’s mouth is vital to its overall health and should be factored and worked into your daily routine, along with scheduled feeding and exercise. While it is important to let the professionals check your dog’s teeth every six months or so – there are things you can do to help keep your dog’s oral health in optimum shape.
The Basics of Brushing Dogs Teeth
You should be brushing your dog’s teeth daily. If life is too hurried and an extra minute is not available every day, try to factor the time to conduct a quick brush every other day or at a bare minimum, twice per week. Brushing your dog’s teeth helps keep plaque and tartar at bay which if left on the teeth can quickly turn into a serious mouth condition and lead to other health concerns. Tools to help make brushing somewhat easier include a special toothpaste made for dogs, longer for you to maneuver, and do not forget the special doggy toothpaste. While the toothbrush is not necessary, the toothpaste is since people toothpaste can make dogs sick.
Flossing Dog Teeth is Essential
Much of a dog health care plan is the same as ours. Flossing is an essential follow up to brushing your dog’s teeth to ensure that plaque that is left from brushing is removed before it hardens and becomes more difficult to remove. Flossing is something you will need to work with as you and your dog become comfortable with this task. Give your dog breaks as holding its mouth open for extended periods of time can be very uncomfortable. After a while, flossing will become second nature for both you and your dog.
Keeping Clean In-Between Cleanings
If you are brushing your dog’s teeth less than once daily, it is a good idea to offer your dog ways to clean his teeth in-between cleanings. There is a wide selection of treats available at pet-friendly retailers that can help accomplish this for you. Talk to your dog’s veterinarian to discuss their preferred type of teeth-cleaning snack.
In addition to these three easy teeth cleaning steps, you should conduct a visual inspection of your dog’s mouth daily. Early detection of a problem is the best way to help prevent serious issues with your dog’s oral health later on. Signs of a potential problem are bad breath; bad doggy breath is not typical. Red and inflamed gums that bleed easily and signs of yellow buildup on your dog’s teeth are other symptoms you should watch for. If any of these signs are noticed take your dog into your veterinarian as soon as possible. It is also important to make sure your dog has regular oral health care visits twice a year for a checkup and be sure to ask your veterinarian on tips for improving your oral health care for your dog.
Author Bio: Sami Berman fosters dogs that are considered at-risk from local shelters and rescues. Sami provides a loving and safe environment for her furry guests that begin with a reliable dog containment system with remote training collars.