As incredible as it may sound, dog’s teeth too need to be cared. The same as for humans, they must have their teeth cleaned and brushed. This article will tell you why exactly that procedure is so necessary. The idea of brushing your dog’s teeth will probably make you smile, but one of the most important health problems of the dogs is, aside overweight, the teeth issue. Scald accumulation and plaque and therefore gingivitis may generate a more serious line of complications. Most dogs older than two years that did not get regular teeth check up confront those dental issues.
Let us see what is it that you can do in order for your dog not to have any teeth issues.
Check up your dog’s mouth
How can you tell if your pet has dental issues? It is very easy to find out, all you have to do is lift its upper lip and take a good look, at the teeth. Plaque’s appearance is a brown-reddish discoloration close to the gum. Scald accumulates and eventually pink healthy gums will turn red and swollen. At this point, without surgery, gingivitis installs itself, or swelling of the gums. This whole process generates a bad breath, and it can often go further, until destroying the jaw’s bones and causing teeth loss.
What can you do to help your dog
First, get your dog examined by a vet, so he can clean up the teeth. The procedure used for that are very much similar to human procedures when seeing the dentist, and you must know that there are specialized dentists for animal procedure only. The difference between the human and animal procedure is that the doctor will sedate your pet during the session.
In between doctor’s appointments, brush your dog’s teeth on a regular basis. How you do that? It is the simplest thing ever you will have to purchase a special dogteeth brush and special toothpaste for it. You can find those in profile shops.
The brushing procedure
You can start by applying a small quantity of toothpaste on your finger and softly rub your dog’s front teeth and gums. After you did that, move up from the finger to a soft dog or kid’s toothbrush. You start by rubbing the front teeth up and down on the upper teeth and the other way around on the lower teeth, the same as you do when you brush you own teeth. After the dog gets used to this new activity, you must start cleaning the teeth from inside the mouth, using the same movement as for the front teeth. An alternative to teeth brushing is using a chewing object.
Waltham’s studies have shown that certain chewing items specially created have improved dog’s teeth, significantly reduced plaque accumulations, gingivitis, and bad breath.
Hill’s have developed three product packages, oriented toward three particular segments:
- Science Plan – for healthy animals (cats and dogs), divided on age categories
- Special Care – for healthy animals (cats and dogs) but with special needs
- Prescription Diet – for sick animal