The myth that dogs’ mouths are cleaner than ours has been thwarting doggy dental care for generations. Your beloved dog’s teeth need their fair share of attention, or else you might end up having to deal with worrisome medical problems.
Dogs have much more alkaline in their mouths than we do and as a result are roughly five times more likely to catch gum disease. Yikes! To make matters worse, most dogs rarely complain about dental complications and can withstand weeks of painful toothaches without so much as a wince.
Over time, your dog’s mouth collects bacteria, bits and pieces of food, and possibly even debris that can develop into chunks of tartar and plaque. Dirty teeth can lead to mouth infections, which in turn can end up causing some serious health issues.
Here are several signs to look out for, if you are concerned about dental care for dogs:
Even if your dog is not facing any of these symptoms, it is advisable to get him a dental checkup every six to twelve months as a precautionary measure.
Cleaning your dog’s teeth is a pretty straightforward process:
Here are some tips to help your experience run more smoothly:
Rather than wait for your dog’s breath to turn sour to start brushing his teeth, you can take some preventative steps to improve your dog’s health:
Quality dog food not only properly nourishes dogs, but also keeps their body healthy from teeth to toes.
Using raw bones and chew toys is really just killing two birds with one stone: your dog gets to have fun while cleaning his teeth.
You can use a water additive in your dog’s daily drink as a preventative measure for tartar.
Establish a teeth-cleaning routine at a young age so your dog feels as comfortable as possible throughout the activity.
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