Our canine friends need our assistance to maintain some aspects concerning good health. Just as we are concerned with our mouth health and have adapted to a regular mouth hygiene routine, this is one area we can assist our friends who cannot hold a toothbrush. The buildup of plaque and tartar can result in bacteria growth, which may then lead to other health conditions being, gingivitis also known as bleeding gums, periodontal disease, gum recession, tooth loss among other issues and further health concerns. If there is a healthy mouth, chances are your canine friend will be less susceptible to these more serious health issues. We strongly recommend that the brushing of teeth be adapted as a regular routine and this would be up to you as their guardian.
How do I brush my dog’s teeth at home?
- Use a specially formulated dog toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste it is not formulated for swallowing.
- You don’t have to use a special dog toothbrush you can use a regular human toothbrush but be sure it has super soft bristles.
- Sit your dog down beside you supported by a couch, chair or wall on the other side, giving your dog less movement. You may need to exercise patients, the objective here is to get that brush inside the mouth and eventually, an active brushing. Once this seating is accomplished and comfortable, pull the lips up and brush the tooth and gum surface, expecting some toothbrush chewing. As with most routines, this all works better for all concerned, when introduced at an early age.
- Keep in mind, some brushing is better than no brushing!
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How often should I brush my dog’s teeth?
It is recommended to brush your dog’s teeth 2 to 3 times per week. If you brush regularly and also use the numerous dental care products found in pet stores you will be able to maintain your pets’ oral health.
How often should I have my dog’s teeth professionally cleaned?
Professional cleaning should be done 1 to 2 times per year. Professional cleaning removes plaque and calculus that harbour bacteria, which may weaken the immune system leaving your canine friend susceptible to more systemic conditions, such as, liver, kidney and heart diseases.
What is Non-Anesthesia dog teeth cleaning and is it possible?
A good pet dental specialist will settle your dog using various techniques, inspect your dog’s teeth, review their overall oral health, and remove plaque and tartar with the same dental tools your dental hygienist uses. You can see how Dashing Dog’s Dental describes the process of helping a dog settle before their teeth are scaled. If your dog is uncomfortable with the process or is assessed by the dog dental specialist as requiring a vet over a scaling service, this will be determined and no fee is charged.
About The Author:
Seana Wade also referred to as the dog whisperer, and owner of Dashing Dawgs Grooming & Boutique and Dashing Dog’s Dental is a passionate certified non-anesthesia dog dental specialist who as a child lost her own dog to over sedation.
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