Much like humans, dental care is vital for a dog to stay healthy. Unlike us, they neither have the dexterity nor the cognitive capability to pick up a toothbrush, so it’s the responsibility of the owner to make sure your canine’s mouth is kept clean.
If you don’t take care of your dog’s teeth then it can face problems such as periodontal disease, trauma and bacteria can enter the bloodstream, which can lead to damage to internal organs.
You should brush your dog’s teeth ideally every day, but if not then at least three to four time a week, and this should begin from a very early age.
The pooch may not be very happy to have you doing this, so it is important to slowly get it used to the sensation. This means starting very slowly and making sure you do it at a time when the pup is relaxed.
You should lift the lips on both side of its mouth and rub the teeth with your finger covered in a cloth to remove any plaque. The focus should be on the outside of the teeth where you are mostly likely to find build-up of plaque.
After your dog becomes used to having a finger in its mouth, you should be able to move on to a canine toothbrush. It is important to not put too much pressure on the gums. Be gentle and keep the brush at a 45-degree angle to ensure you give each tooth a good clean.
However, some dogs are completely resistant to the use of brushes. If this is the case with your pooch, then you should look to using other methods, which include oral hygiene gels, chew toys and other dental chew products, which can help to massage the gum and remove plaque.
Bear in the mind that dental problems are the most common problems diagnosed in mutts over the age of three, so make sure you take of your pooch’s gnashers.
Written by: Hannah