Wouldn’t it be amazing if our dogs could brush their own teeth!? For those of us who struggle with this task, that would be the dream, plus it would make for some pretty hilarious YouTube videos. Most dogs have a hard time allowing us to get anywhere near their teeth, let alone getting a toothbrush in there to give them a scrub.
The good news is that dogs are actually less prone to cavities than us humans, however regular teeth cleaning is just as important. Dog dental problems, if left untreated, can lead to more serious conditions or infections so it’s not just bad breath you should be worried about.
Here are 5 Essential Tips to Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean:
1. Brush Your Dog’s Teeth With the Right Products
It’s essential to use dog-specific brushes and toothpastes. Human products can contain chemicals and additives including fluoride which is poisonous to dogs. You can find toothpastes formulated for dogs at most pet stores or vet offices.
2. Start Them Early
If you have the option of getting your pup used to teeth brushing from a young age than do so. If not, grown dogs can become used to the task overtime with positive reinforcement and consistency.
3. Consider a Food that Helps with Teeth Cleaning
There are some foods that are formulated to help maintain good oral health in our dogs. Some dry food may be better for this as softer foods could have a tendency to stick to teeth and cause decay.
4. Bones and Toys
Just like certain types of foods, there are specially designed bones and toys that can help mitigate the build up of plaque and help strengthen dog’s teeth and gums. Just make sure you are providing dog-specific objects that are meant to improve your pup’s overall dental hygiene.
5. Know When to See a Veterinarian
Regardless of how often you’re brushing your dog’s teeth, it’s a good idea to take a look inside their mouths regularly. If you notice any of the following consult with your vet as it could be a sign of dental problems:
- Halitosis - bad breath
- Bumps within the mouth or on gums
- Bleeding or swollen gums
- Tartar build up along the gum line
- Loose, missing or discoloured teeth
- Excessive drooling
- Unusual licking or pawing at the mouth