If you've got a dog, chances are that he is a special member of your family. Whether you've had him for days, weeks, or months, you'll probably agree that dogs provide companionship and are trusted friends. And, as a friend, you want him to be around for a long time, right? Well, it is absolutely critical that you establish a good health regimen with him now, and this includes cleaning his teeth.
Yes, it is true. Like us, dogs get plague, tartar, and periodontal disease if their teeth are not taken care of. In the wild, dogs do not get plaque because they eat raw bones, which naturally scrape off the plaque. However, your dog is not in the wild and he needs your help to keep the bacteria from growing. This is especially true if he eats dry or soft dog food, as these items are likely to cause bacteria to thrive.
Now that you know the importance of keeping his teeth clean, we have a few more dog tooth care tips to make this task easier.
1. Let him chew on raw bones on a regular basis. In fact, we recommend that you give him raw bones a few times a week. The chewing activity will help remove plaque and other pieces of food particles that can cause bacteria to thrive. Since dogs have a natural instinct to chew, he 'll probably love you for providing him with these delectable trips.
2. Next, you should clean your dog's teeth with a dog toothbrush and some dog toothpaste. While cleaning his teeth, make sure you carefully scrub them and massage his gums as well. This will help remove plaque and provide him with gum circulation. We highly recommend that you do this at least three to four times a week, if not every day. Getting your dog used to this teeth-cleaning regimen will inevitably take a bit of practice. In fact, your dog may not like it at first, but be persistent. Keep cleaning sessions short and reward him afterwards with a head rub or game of ball tossing.
3. Ask your veterinarian to perform an oral exam on your dog at least once a year. During this exam, he will carefully evaluate your dog's teeth and gums while paying close attention to any plague or tartar buildup, missing teeth, or other dental problem areas. If your veterinarian finds any problems, treatment will probably be needed. Sometimes your veterinarian will perform routine dental procedures or may refer your dog to a specialist. Even so, you'll probably be encouraged to get a professional dog teeth cleaning for dogs with dental problems. During the procedure, your veterinarian will anaesthetize your dog and then rinse his mouth with a special antiseptic, remove any plaque or tartar with a special instrument, and then rinse it again.
In conclusion, you love your dog and as a good dog owner, it is paramount that you take care of his teeth. Good dog tooth care guarantees providing him with raw bones, cleaning his teeth, and getting him oral exams and professional cleansings, you will keep your dog smiling pretty for years to come.
Source by Kristi Patrice Carter