Dental Care

Dental care procedure

A dental care procedure should include watching for suspicious symptoms.

Bad breath (no kidding)
Reluctance to chew (this could also be a symptom of masticatory muscle myositis)
Irritated gums
Tartar build up (hard brown or yellow coating on teeth)
Missing or loose teeth

Bacteria can grow in areas where there is tartar build up and can cause disease in the mouth. Bacteria can also affect other parts of the body, like the heart and kidneys.

Dental Care Routine

Here are some tips to keep your dog’s mouth healthy. Start a dental care routine as early as possible. Your dog will get used to dental care and will get used to having his teeth brushed.

As a learning experience for your dog, start his dental care program by using gauze instead of a toothbrush. Wipe his teeth with gauze. It will take a few months before he is comfortable with this procedure. When he is at ease with the gauze wiping, replace the gauze with a special dog toothbrush.

Brush his teeth daily. Plaque begins to turn to tartar within 24 – 48 hours.

NEVER brush your dog’s teeth with human toothpaste. NEVER give him oral rinses made for humans. They can make him sick. Use special toothpastes  and oral rinses made especially for dogs.

Your vet may be able to show you some techniques to make tooth brushing easier for you and your dog.

Work your dog’s dental care into your own routine. It will be easier to remember.

Other options for Dental Care

If you are not able to brush your dog’s teeth,  there are other options. Oral solutions are made especially for dogs. They can be added to your dog’s drinking water. As your dog drinks,  the solution works to prevent plaque and eliminate bacteria. You can also buy special dental treats. Make sure the treats don’t contain added sugars and other undesirable ingredients.  Avoid real bones. They can lead to stomach upset or a broken tooth.

Most Important Dental Care

Most important of all: Make sure you keep up with vet exams.  Every now and then a professional dental cleaning may be necessary. During this procedure, your dog’s teeth and gums will be examined closely for problems. His teeth will be scaled and polished.

Proper dental care could increase your dog’s life by 2 – 5 years.  What you do at home really does make a difference.

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