Caring for your dogs Teeth

 

Dogs, just like humans, can get cavities. Their teeth should be cleaned at least twice a week. Feeding your dog dry dog food and giving him dental chews and nylabones to chew on is one way to help keep his teeth healthier.

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Two common problems dogs with poor dental hygiene have, are loose and abscess teeth. Does your dog have bad breath? Studies show that 98 % of dogs with bad breath are suffering from periodontal disease, a result of plaque build up. If left untreated, this can lead to a bacteria infection, which can enter the bloodstream and spread to your dog’s kidney, liver, heart and even their brain. Chances are if your dog has very bad breath, there is a problem with his teeth.

Why can’t I use human toothpaste on my dog?

There are many wonderful brands and types of toothpaste for humans. Why can’t we use them on our dogs? Because dogs do not spit, and human tooth paste is not edible. Your dog will most definitely swallow whatever you use to clean his teeth. You can purchase an edible toothpaste, just for dogs, at the pet store. There are many flavors available. Try to find one that your dog likes; your dog will be more likely to let you brush his teeth. A nice beefy brushing will be a tasty treat for your dog. If your dog squirms when you try to brush his teeth you may need a helper to get the job done.

How should I brush my dogs teeth?

This is easiest if you start when your dog is a puppy by letting her hold a toothbrush in her mouth, then working up to actually brushing her teeth. If she’s beyond puppy status, try having a partner hold her while you brush a few teeth at a time and subsequently reward her.

Cleaning your dogs teeth is not as hard as it sounds, if you have the right supplies.

You will need doggie toothpaste, and either a toothbrush,a micro fibre finger cloth or  a nubby-surfaced rubber cap but that may be a bit too big for a lot of mouths.

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Position yourself and your dog, so that you can access the dogs teeth comfortably. Lift your dogs upper lips and begin to brush in a circular motion, much like you would brush your own teeth. Be sure to brush where the tooth meets the gum-line. Don’t forget to get the very back teeth, since this is where your dog is most likely to develop problems. When you are finished the top, move on to the bottom.

Brush your dogs teeth at least for to five times a week and have your dogs teeth checked once a year by your veterinarian. If your dogs teeth have significant tarter build up, they need to be cleaned. This is usually done with anaesthesia.

Source – http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/teeth.htm

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