Cleaning your dog's teeth
Making sure you keep your dog's teeth clean and healthy is essential to their overall wellbeing. Dogs use their mouth's for many things other than eating including carrying items, playing with toys etc, so ensuring they have a healthy mouth is essential. Making sure bacteria doesn't sit in your dog's mouth can reduce the onset of illness and disease. Furthermore vets bills can be very high if dentistry work is needed.
It is almost guaranteed that your dog will build up a little plaque and develop a little discoloration but this is ok as long as you keep this under control. Plaque is a soft deposit that forms on the teeth and below the gum line after eating, which can cause periodontal disease and even tooth loss. This actually becomes tartar when minerals in dog's saliva interact with it, this then has to be scraped away. However these problems can be reduced by proper dental care measures.
It may seem a little silly but brushing your dog's teeth can really improve overall oral health. There are lots of toothbrushes and toothpastes for dogs on the market. Dog toothbrushes are specially designed for a dog's mouth in mind, with the majority of brushes being dual sided allowing better cleaning. You can also buy finger fitting ones which allow greater dexterity. In terms of toothpaste, it is better not to use human toothpaste as dog toothpastes are usually meat flavored and better accepted by dogs. They also have the correct ingredients to improve your dogs teeth.
In terms of brushing, it is a good idea to brush all your dogs' teeth in one session. It is best to place a small amount of paste on the brush and gently lift your dog's gums to present the front teeth. You'll then want to gradually work your way to the back of your dogs mouth until you have brushed all your dogs' teeth. The only thing left to do is make sure your dog has access to a drink of water afterwards.
The majority of the dry dog-foods on the market today contain ingredients to help reduce plaque. You can also buy treats such a Pedigree Dentastix which are designed to reduce Tatar by up to 80%. Another option is to buy dental dog toys. These toys are designed with special groves which help reduce pet food debris and plaque.
It's best to get your dogs teeth checked annually by a vet. Your vet will be able to examine the state of your dog's teeth and spot any potential problems. They will also be able to offer a professional clean. Making sure you look after your dogs teeth will go a long way to ensuring overall health and vitality.