Dog Dental Care: Cleaning Dogs' Teeth
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
by Cesar Millan
How To Practice Good Dog Dental Care
The best brush to use is double-headed with the brushes at a 45 degree angle to clean below the gumline. Try and choose a time when your dog has had a decent amount of exercise, so he's more likely to sit still.
Don't overdo it the first few times. Start slowly and quit if your dog gets agitated, even if you don't brush the whole mouth. Increase the time every day as he gets used to it. Make sure to speak soothingly and pleasantly during the brushing and reward your dog with a treat afterwards.
- Start Early With Your Dog As A Puppy
Grown dogs can learn to become comfortable with teeth cleaning but make things easier by working with your dog as a puppy.
- How To Pick The Right Toothpaste For Your Dog
This is very important. DO NOT use regular human toothpaste for your dog. Most human toothpastes include fluoride, which is extremely poisonous to dogs.
- Dry Food Is Better Than Soft Food
If toothbrushing is not working there are other options to improve your dog's oral health. Crunchy kibble is better for your dog's teeth than soft food, soft food is more likely to stick to teeth and cause decay.
- Chew Bones And Chew Toys To Clean Teeth
There are many synthetic bones and chew toys that are specially designed to strengthen your dog's gums and teeth.
Giving your dog a good bone to chew on can help rid of build up and keep teeth strong.
If you notice any of these signs of dental problems, take your dog to the vet.
- Bad breath
- Change in eating or dog chewing habits
- Pawing at the face or mouth
- Excessive drooling
- Misaligned or missing teeth
- Discolored, broken, missing or crooked teeth
- Red, swollen, painful or bleeding gums
- Yellowish-brown tartar crust along the gum line
- Bumps or growths within the mouth
How Often To See A Vet?
Even with healthy teeth, your dog should have their teeth checked every six to twelve months.
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