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Canine Dental Care

Dog dental care is usually an overlooked aspect in pet care and very few pet owners make the effort of brushing their dog’s teeth regularly.



However, dental hygiene must be maintained in dogs as it is essential in preventing dental disease.

Dental disease occurs when there is poor dog oral care. Plaque accumulates on the teeth, resulting in tartar. Bacteria begin to grow in these areas and causes damage to the gums and teeth.



Conditions such as bad breath, pain and loss of teeth can occur if dental problems are not addressed swiftly. Detecting dental problems at an early stage will help to prevent serious dental conditions from developing. One can keep a check on the dental health of the dog by examining the teeth regularly and keeping a watch for signs that may be indicative of problems. You can examine your dog’s teeth by lifting the lips and inspecting the back and front teeth closely.



Ensure that you do this gently so as not to agitate the dog. You can also have your dog undergo a dental checkup by a veterinarian. Routine veterinary examinations usually also include teeth inspection. Wellness checkups may be scheduled for the dog after every 6 months. You need to contact your vet in case you detect problems such as bad breath, excessive salivation, puffiness or redness in the gums, discomfort while chewing, bleeding from the gums, tartar, loose teeth or any other abnormal appearance of the teeth and gums.

There are various ways by which you can maintain dental hygiene of dog. Dental care must be started early in the dog’s life so that he becomes accustomed to having his teeth cleaned and inspected. Toothpaste meant for humans are not to be used for dogs. It can cause illness in dogs. Special toothpastes and oral rinses must be used for cleaning the dog’s gums and teeth. Also use toothbrushes that are specially designed for dogs. Finger brushes are usually used for dog teeth cleaning as these are gentler than hard brushes. It is advisable to brush the dog’s teeth regularly as tartar can form within a day or two. You may brush your dog’s teeth at the same time that you brush your own teeth. This will make it easier to remember and will also set a regular routine for the dog. You can even seek advice from your veterinarian regarding the proper ways of maintaining good dental hygiene in your dog.

 
  Submitted on March 26, 2010