Just as you take good care of your teeth, the teeth of your dog is of utter importance as well. Taking care of your furry friend’s teeth should also be your priority, and must be included in his regular grooming and health care. Gum diseases in dogs are painful and can sometimes result to tooth loss or kidney, liver and heart disease. To keep your pup’s teeth healthy, you as the owner should clean it regularly and check out for any sign of dental issues.
Check teeth regularly
Aside from the regular dental exams of the veterinarian, you should also check your dog’s mouth every few weeks to see if there are any signs of gum disease. To do so, use your thumb and carefully slide the side of your pup’s mouth up over his teeth. Some of the indicators to look for are the following:
- pain when you touch the gums or mouth
- yellow tartar buildup along the gum line
- red, swollen or bleeding gums
- extremely bad breath
In case you notice any of the above mentioned, you should take your dog to the vet for advice and treatment.
For puppies that are three to five months old, you have to check if their adult teeth are coming in properly. There are cases when an adult tooth cannot push a baby tooth out, therefore resulting in an improper tooth alignment and eventually, an abnormal development of the jaw bone of your dog. If your puppy suddenly stops eating and you notice him putting his paws at his mouth, or notice something out of the ordinary, go see your vet immediately.
Dog teeth cleaning
You can start cleaning the teeth of your dog by feeding him special treats designed for dental health, then brushing his teeth every few days.
Brushing the teeth of your pup is actually simple. To avoid any hassle, you must learn to introduce the routine in short, upbeat sessions as much as possible.
- Brush the teeth using your finger: Prepare some beef bouillon and let it cool. Let your dog get comfortable with you, whichever way you prefer it. Keep in mind that it is not advisable to command such as “stay” to introduce the tooth brushing routine as your pup may associate it with something negative. Next, dip your index finger in the beef bouillon and gently rub your finger over your dog’s teethand gums.
- Brush the teeth with a finger wrapped in gauze: When your pup is already comfortable with the first stage, next thing to do is wrap your fingers using a dental cleaning pad or a surgical gauze, then gently scrub the teeth in a circular motion.
- Brush the teeth using a dog toothbrush and toothpaste: You can choose to use a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically created for cleaning dog teeth from your veterinarian or the pet supply store. Avoid using toothpaste designed for people, as it will make your pup’s stomach upset and there is no way to rinse properly when you are done brushing his teeth. Like the gauze, brush the teeth and gums in a soft, circular motion using the toothbrush.