Your dog's teeth are very important. They aren't just to help your dog eat his food, treats, or a favorite toy; his teeth are important because if they are unhealthy, it can spread that unhealthiness to other parts of his body or his organs. Poor oral health can affect your dogs liver, kidneys, and even his heart. Cleaning your dog's teeth is an important part of caring for your dog. See below for some teeth cleaning tips and other oral health tips.
Get The Right Tools
No, your dog shouldn't be using your old toothbrush and your toothpaste. He should have his very own toothbrush that is made for dogs and toothpaste that is made for canines as well. You can use a toothbrush or even a finger brush for your dog, whatever is more comfortable for you to use. A finger brush may not be as comfortable for your pet, as your hand will be in his mouth.
Teeth brushing may not be something that your dog wants, so this may take some baby steps on your part. Start by introducing the toothbrush or finger brush to your dog and allow him to smell and lick it (not chew it). Then start getting closer to his mouth with the toothbrush. Introduce the toothpaste to your dog as well. Once he's used to the toothbrush and toothpaste, try to brush his front teeth. If he allows that, you can try to get to the back teeth and his gums. Again this may take time, so don't get too upset if your dog runs away from you.
Watch For Signs Of Gum Disease
Keep a close eye on your dog's oral health by paying attention to his gums and teeth. Look for discoloration such as yellow, brown or even black teeth and gums. Also pay attention to extremely bad breath, bleeding gums or teeth loss. This may indicate periodontal disease and could affect your dog's overall health if not taken care of.
If you have spotted any of these signs, it's imperative to take your dog to the veterinarian right away for a teeth cleaning and checkup. You should take your dog in for a routine cleaning at the veterinarian at least once per year for a professional cleaning and tooth inspection. This can help prevent oral issues with your dog.
Talk to your veterinarian about dog dental cleaning and oral health care tips for your dog.