How To Brush Dogs Teeth Safely And With Optimal Results

Learning how to brush dogs teeth is one of the best things that you can do to ensure the overall health of your pet. Good oral hygiene is not just for humans. Odor-causing bacteria can thrive in your canine companion’s mouth and can lead to cavities and periodontal disease. Unfortunately, brushing a dog’s teeth can be a real challenge.

Not only do you have to choose the right brushing instruments and schedule, but you also have to overcome your pet’s aversion to this practice. The good news is that, the following tips to brush dogs teeth, can help your dog avoid bad breath and the need for expensive dental procedures.

Start Training Your Dog Early On

Studies show that approximately 80% of all dogs have periodontal disease by the age of three. This is why it’s important to brush a dog’s teeth regularly and starting as early in life as possible. Getting your pet acclimated to this process is guaranteed to be easier if you start when he’s just a pup. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a good dog toothbrush and toothpaste for clearing away tartar without causing any oral or gastrointestinal irritation. Remember, you can’t coach your dog to spit and thus, you want to avoid using products that are made for humans and that might cause harm if ingested in any significant amount.

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Bad Dog Breath? 4 Ways to Make Your Dog’s Breath Fresh

Bad dog breath can be way bigger problem than you could possibly imagine. If you have a bad breath, there is probably no need to worry- just wash your teeth, buy some chewing gums and stop eating so much garlic. But when it comes to your 4-legged best friend, it can be caused by dental disease or some other health problem, so the first step should be taking it to your veterinarian. Better safe than sorry.

Great, now that you have visited the doctor, you don’t need to worry about your dog’s teeth until you feel that poisonous smell again….WRONG!

This problem is not something you can fix in one visit to veterinarian. Actually, you should take care of your dog’s mouth and teeth hygiene on a daily basis. Okay, I know it is not going on a date and there is no need to make his breath smell of eucalyptus, but still you should take following four steps to keep it as fresh as possible.

Beat Bad Dog Breath by Brushing its Teeth

What is the first thing you should  do when you feel bad dog breath? (Hint: Dogs are not that much different than you!) – Exactly, brush your dog’s teeth.

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Risks Associated With Dog Teeth Cleaning

Setting up a dog teeth cleaning routine and sticking to it is important to keep your dog healthy and happy. While cleaning dogs teeth at home is convenient for most dog owners, there is a risk involved in doing so. Brushing dogs teeth incorrectly can lead to serious problems for you and your dog.

Before you proceed with dog teeth cleaning, here are a few things you should know.

Dog Teeth Cleaning Isn’t Like Cleaning Your Own Teeth

Dog owners often make a mistake by thinking that dog teeth cleaning is a simple process. As a matter of fact, cleaning canine teeth is nothing similar to cleaning human teeth using a toothbrush and toothpaste. Dog teeth cleaning should be carefully done to ensure that plaque and dog tartar build-up is safely removed. If done incorrectly, your dogs mouth could be seriously affected.

In one of our previous posts, we have outlined some symptoms of possible oral disease in dogs. You can read it here.

Don’t just blindly get the best dog toothpaste and best dog toothbrush on the market and start brushing a dogs teeth. Check if the gums are red, or if there are any cavities between the teeth and the gums. Failing to do so will cause acute pain, swollen and bleeding gums, torn gum tissue and a host of other dental issues for the dog.

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Canine Teeth Problems And Their Symptoms

Caring for canine teeth can go a long way toward keeping your companion’s mouth healthy. Many dogs show signs of gum disease by the time they are four years old. This is mainly because their owners fail to provide proper oral hygiene. Tartar buildup is usually the root cause for weakening the dogs teeth to the point of loosening or cracking them. The bad news is that very few dog owners understand the importance of regular dog teeth cleaning, which is just as important as dog nutrition, exercising the dog and routine dog grooming.

Common Signs of Canine Teeth Disease

There are several vital signs indicating oral disease in dogs. Now I know that dog breath doesn’t normally smell like fresh mint. But as a dog owner, you should pay close attention at how your dogs mouth smells because bad breath is typically a sign of disease related to canine teeth.

If you see loss of appetite, excessive drooling or unusual urinating pattern along with bad dog breath, maybe it’s time for you to have your dog examined by a veterinary. Dog tartar buildup (the yellowish or brownish colored substance on canine teeth) is another sign of oral disease. It causes swelling and bleeding of gums, and a host of dog dental problems including gingivitis, and periodontal disease.

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Dog Tartar Control For Healthier Dog Teeth

Dog tartar control is an indispensable part of dog grooming as many dogs have to deal with the problems associated with significant tartar buildup on their teeth. Tartar buildup is usually caused by different type of foods the dog eat. Unfortunately, very few dog owners notice and address this issue on time, which affect their pets’ dental health severely. Tartar buildup irritates and inflames the gums, which causes a condition named gingivitis. Furthermore, this issue might also cause the gums to eventually part from the teeth when tartar builds under them, creating small pockets in the tissues that can get easily infected.

Preserving your dog’s oral health is a matter of proactively controlling the plaque that builds up on his teeth. The following paragraphs will give you a few basic tips for addressing this issue effectively.

Watch Over His Diet

Diet is an important aspect of proper oral hygiene for dogs, especially if it is about tartar accumulation. Raw diets are typically the best at preserving oral health, and ground bone is an excellent option due to its gentle abrasive texture, which removes the debris stuck on the teeth. In addition, raw meat contains enzymes, and it does not stick to the surface of the teeth as starchy kibbles do.

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