Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth

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Dog Dental Care

Dog Teeth CleaningOne way to keep your dog healthy is by brushing her teeth on a regular basis. In addition, you should have your dog’s teeth examined for plaque buildup, bad breath, cavities and missing teeth.

Start Dog Teeth Cleaning Early

From an early age, you should help your dog become accustomed to having her teeth brushed and having fingers poking around her mouth area. To do this, gently massage around the muzzle area, lifting up the lips and opening her mouth. Be patient during these exercises for best results.

Choose a Dog Toothbrush

You should purchase a toothbrush appropriate for your dog’s size. They are available in several different styles, including dental wipes, finger brushes and people-like toothbrushes, that can brush several surfaces at one time. There are also dental chews on the market and a chew-it-yourself toothbrush. It is very important to supervise the use of these items. It is also a good idea to feed your dog some kind of hard food to assist in the breaking down of tarter.

Consider Anesthesia-Free Cleaning

Anesthesia-free cleaning is a great option for dogs who are at ease with people touching their mouths and teeth. This type of cleaning is available at grooming shops and by mobile. If you have a dog who is not able to handle someone working on her teeth, you will have to take your dog to a veterinarian. Veterinarians perform teeth cleaning under general anesthesia.

Go to a professional if your dog develops heavy tarter and plaque. Tartar buildup can lead to bleeding gums and infections. When bacteria enters the bloodstream, it can reach vital organs, which can lead to disease and even death.

Prevent health issues from developing by checking your dog’s teeth for early tooth decay and having her teeth regularly cleaned.

Comments

  1. S. Peterson says

    The only scientifically proven way to decrease plaque and tartar is the same for dogs as it is for humans — daily brushing combined with routine tartar removal by a health professional.

    Best regards!

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