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How to Clean Dog Teeth:

While you are likely to remember the first tooth ache you ever had and the amount of pain you suffered, you should realize that dogs go through almost exactly the same when affected by oral complications.



Simply because the animals choose to suffer in silence, it doesn’t mean that they are not experiencing excruciating pain. Moreover, this only serves to prolong the actual detection of a problem by the owner, resulting in the fact that when the condition is detected, it is highly advanced and more difficult to treat.



Dog tooth brushing is something that not all dog owners choose to perform, simply assuming that dogs are meant to have bad breath. Continuous oral maintenance will ensure the early detection of a number of dental complications but it is imperative that you be gentle with the animal when examining his or her mouth as any irritation may cause them to snap.




Some of the more common symptoms that indicate the presence of an oral condition include bad breath, noticeable difficulty in chewing or even yelping when chewing, bleeding gums or an increased amount of salivation and a buildup of tartar and calculus. When there is a buildup of plaque on the teeth, if ignored for a significant period of time, it turns to tartar which allows bacteria to grow and eat away at the teeth and gums. This results in the presence of severe dog oral problems like halitosis, oral pain and periodontal disease. Gingivitis is another very serous condition that is commonly encountered in canines and is caused by the accumulation of particles of food within the crevices between gums and teeth. It manifests with a number of symptoms including bleeding, and difficulty in chewing.

While we did mention earlier that brushing dogs teeth on a regular basis is beneficial, you must keep in mind to avoid doing so with human toothpaste, but with the help of special enzymatic toothpaste that is made for dogs. You should also be able to purchase a special long toothbrush that is known to be more effective when it comes to canine oral hygiene. If you are not comfortable with cleaning dogs teeth, you could opt for the easily available oral rinses. The type of food that you feed your pooch will also play a role in how dental diseases affect the animal as studies have shown that hard kibbles are better at preventing plaque from accumulating on the teeth than when compared to canned food.

 
  Submitted on February 15, 2010