Most dogs on this planet do not have the best smelling breath in the world. Plaque buildup along with the lack of hygiene are the main causes for bad breath amongst most species. The only difference with dogs is that they cannot actually brush their own teeth the way that we humans do. Plaque can be dwindled at with chewing on toys, but chewing alone does not completely clean your dog’s teeth. Today we will be discussing all of the inns and outs of daily brushing of your dog’s teeth and if brushing daily is even a good thing for them. The first thing to really look at is if you should even brush your dog’s teeth at all.
The answer to that last question is rather easy and simple, the answer is yes. Healthy gums can sometimes improve your dog’s health overall. Regular hygiene is excellent for your dog’s teeth and gums. You should do this at home as well as taking your dog once a year to get their teeth cleaned by a professional. Most dog owners do not do this however. For one reason or another it does not seem to cross people’s minds that they can brush their dog’s teeth and should. Sadly, not brushing your dog’s teeth or taking him or her to have their teeth cleaned can cause a lot of potential health problems.
An example of such health problems is dental disease. Most dogs get this disease around 2 to 3 years of age. This alone can cause your dog’s gums to become painfully swollen and can even eventually cause tooth loss. This can be terrifying to pet owners as well as their wallets because that is a hefty vet bill. Brushing your dog’s teeth and gums on a regular basis will really help with preventing this painful disease. You can clean your dog’s teeth daily, but it is usually recommend to brush your dog’s teeth at least 2 to 3 times per week. You only really need to take your dog in for a professional cleaning once a year.
Most dogs do not like having their teeth brushed and will probably take some time to get used to the idea of it. If you are having issues with brushing your dog’s teeth, there are a few ways to help him or her get used to it. First you need to get toothpaste that is actually made for dogs. Human toothpaste can cause stomach upset and vomiting. You also need a toothbrush that is made for dogs because they are smaller and softer than a human’s. You could also massage your dog’s gums, introduce the toothpaste, and the brush itself.
Getting your dog used to having their teeth brushed can be a task depending on how stubborn your dog is. When this task has been completed, you should begin the routine regularly. You can also reward your dog with a treat after they begin to take their toothbrushing without putting up a fuss. This may take some time, but can be very rewarding and even a great opportunity to bond with your dog. The next important step when brushing your dog’s teeth is exactly how you brush his or her teeth. This part is rather simple, but does require a gentle hand.
You will want to clean your dog’s teeth and smaller circular movements. Be slower and easy with your movements, you do not want to freak your dog out by accident. Start in one area of his or her mouth and work your way around the entirety of the mouth. When the teeth are clean you will need to lift up your dog’s lip to clean their gums. It is also recommended that you lift up your pup’s lip to gain better access to the outside of his or her teeth. You can gently begin to clean their gums at this point.
In all reality you can brush your dog’s teeth on a daily basis, but most dogs will not tolerate this daily. You can easily get away with only brush your dogs teeth 2 to 3 times a week. This will help to provide proper oral care to your pup and help prevent other potential diseases. This will also improve your dog’s breath drastically. If you by chance do you have a dog that is too stubborn to let you brush their teeth there are other options. Some options include a water additive that helps to keep your furry friend’s mouth healthy and clean.