Your buddy, your most faithful companion and canine ally can also suffer from gingivitis, plaque, tartar and other dental complications.
Although you can actively be a participant in your own oral health, dogs cannot and the freshness of their breath will depend on how good you take care of them.
Luckily maintaining a dog´s mouth clean is easy and actually quite simple, however some training might be needed.
Dogs need to have their teeth brushed, too. Brushing your dog´s teeth might not be well accepted by your dog at first. After all, they cannot brush their own teeth and this will most likely be pretty awkward for them. However the process does not need to be uncomfortable, in fact after a couple of times if you are treating your dog with care and make sure to give a reward, your dog might even start to look forward to this dental cleaning ritual. Start brushing their teeth early on when they are still a puppy. The best way to brush their teeth is with a double-headed brush at a 45 degree angle, make sure to clean below the gum-line.
When you are still training your dog to sit still and to have their teeth brushed you might see that your dog might become impatient. It is ok, you do not need to brush all teeth the first time. Start slowly and gently. It is very important that you do not force this action upon your dog, stop if your dog is gets agitated.
Never use human toothpaste on your dog. Fluoride which is one of the most important ingredients in toothpastes for humans is poisonous to dogs. Since dogs are not so prone to cavities as we are they will not be needing fluoride anyways. Most pet stores will give you a good range of toothpastes to choose from.
Mother nature is wise, before brushes for dogs were even invented, dogs already had a great way to keep their teeth clean, they would chew on anything they fancied. Today there are plenty of products such as synthetic bones and toys designed to help your dog get rid of build up, keep their teeth strong and keep their gums healthy.
Check your dog´s mouth at least once a week to make sure that everything is ok. If for any reason while you brush their teeth you see blood, inflamed gums, misaligned teeth, it will be a good idea to consult your veterinarian.
By: Prisma Dental
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