How to improve your dog’s dental health
Proper dental hygiene is the solution to preventing cavities in your dogs’ teeth, most of us know that. We do not give much thought to the fact that long-term neglect can also result in gum disease and tooth loss.
Dental decay is the number one reason why dog suffer especially if you do not take care of your furry friend teeth.
Importance of good dental health
Take good care of your dog’s teeth from when it is a puppy. The teeth play an important role in helping your dog bite and chew food.
What cavities will do to your pooch?
Cavities can develop when sugar-containing foods are allowed to stay in the mouth for a long time. Bacteria that live on the teeth feast on these bits of food and can eat away at tooth enamel. Saliva washes away the acid between meals, but if your dog is always eating, there may not be time for this acid to get washed away leading to health complications.
Food high in sugar are deemed unhealthy and can lead to tooth decay. Dog food and treats should be free from sugary ingredients. Limiting the amount of sugar your dog is taking can help avoid early tooth decay.
Accumulation of food that stick over a long time can cause decay too hence you need to regularly brush your dog’s teeth. When brushing your dog’s teeth start with soft brushes. These help your dog learn the movement of going in and out between teeth and help stop the build-up of plaque and make it fun.
Strategies for good oral health for your dog
Fortunately all of these are preventable with some easy strategies for good oral health care that dog owners can do.
You can clean your dog’s teeth regularly either with a toothbrush or, use a clean washcloth with water to moist it then wipe down the gums and teeth daily to prevent plaque.
You can also mix hydrogen peroxide with aloe Vera juice, moist your clean cloth and wipe your dog’s teeth to control plaque.
- Use soft bristle toothbrush and dog toothpaste
Invest in a good toothbrush for your dog, use a toothbrush with soft bristles and toothpaste specially formulated for dogs(outlined in our grooming article).
Consult your veterinarian, do not use human toothpaste as it is poisonous to your dog.
Make sure you’re brushing correctly, using a circular motion on your dog’s teeth and cupping the gum line.
Try to floss once in a while. Your veterinarian can advise on products to help establish good oral health for your dog so don’t hesitate to ask.
- Healthy meals
Ensure your dog eats healthy meals. His diet should consist of a dry food that’s clinically proven to reduce plaque, stain and tartar buildup. Feed your dog specially formulated dry food that’s proven to help remove plaque and tarter from teeth.
- Use Cinnamon(homemade recipe)
You can add your dog’s treat cinnamon to help eliminate bad odour from its’ mouth. Treat help in increasing your dog saliva when chewing and help to clean away plaque and massage the gum line. Just like our favourite dog toys.
- Dog food should contain healthy ingredients(vegetables, whole grains, etc)
Fruits and vegetables, proteins and whole grains are an important part of healthy eating unlike food high in sugar which can lead to tooth decay and health conditions for your dog.
Calcium is known to aid in building healthy bones and teeth in dogs. Along with it food, be sure to add some cheese in at meal to boost this.
- Veterinarian regular teeth checkup
Regular visit to your veterinarian will assist greatly at least once each year. Ask the veterinarian to give you a lesson on how to brush your dog’s teeth and you can have a reward chart every time your dog agrees to brush. Start going for checkup as early as when he is still a puppy and your dog will see this as a normal part of his life. Stay calm and let the vet handle it if your dog is uneasy.
- Chew toys
We keep our pooch entertained most of the times with toys. Chew toys help your furry friend accumulate saliva in its’ mouth that help to clean away plaque and keep his gum part healthy. Have a pick at the best chew toys outlined in our previous article for a healthy dental for your dog. Toys with ridges have multiple contact points on teeth, and can scrape and remove plaque and prevent tartar buildup.
Oral health tips are easy to come by; putting them into practice is harder. But with a little creative thinking and patience, your dog can enjoy their teeth being taken care off throughout their lifetime. You can use his regular chewing toys, homemade recipes like Cinnamon, toothbrush or if need be the veterinarian, anything to keep his teeth healthy.