Dog dental care plays a very vital role - not only in your pup’s dental health but in their overall health as well. This is so because oral problems can cause other health problems as well.
Now, how would your teeth look and how would you feel after not brushing your teeth for a couple of days or weeks? Your pup’s teeth are no different. This is why in this article, we’ll talk about forms of dog dental care and other important reasons why dental health matters.
Maintaining healthy teeth
There are in fact a lot of ways to keep your dog’s teeth healthy. You can:
Begin with an oral exam. You can schedule an appointment with your vet to have your pup undergo an oral exam. Oral exams may include x-rays to evaluate the condition of your fur-baby’s jaw and teeth roots.
Go through a thorough dental cleaning. Most diseases happen below your pup’s gum line, which is hard for you to see. This is why thorough dental cleaning is needed. Dog dental cleaning is not the same as the dental cleaning we go through. Theirs will be performed under anesthesia as it might hurt. The cleaning will include scaling (removal of tartar and plaque) and polishing.
Visit your vet regularly. Regularly means at least once or twice every year. Having your pup’s teeth and gums checked yearly will help prevent and detect early signs of dental problems. Plus it will keep your dog’s mouth healthy and breath smelling fresh, too!
Note: Your dog may go through behavioral changes when suffering from dental problems. Any signs of dental issues should advise you to visit your vet.
Signs your pup may have some dental issues
Check if your pup has the following:
- Loose or broken teeth
- Bad breath
- Discolored teeth
- Excessive drooling
- Unusual chewing when eating
- Food suddenly dropping out of their mouth when eating
- Signs of discomfort and uneasiness when eating
- Painful sore in or around the mouth
- Reduced to no appetite at all
- Swelling gums or areas around the mouth
- Presence of blood in the mouth
- Sudden aggressiveness or irritability when the mouth is touched
These signs are the early signs that your dog may have teeth problems or periodontal disease (gum infections) and you should take action as soon as possible.
Staying on top of your dog’s dental care every day
As there are tips on how to maintain healthy teeth in the long run, there are also ways you can do to keep your fur-baby’s dental care in its optimum health every single day.
Do regular brushing. Your dog can’t brush their teeth all by themselves so it’s going to be a team effort. Go with a toothpaste and a toothbrush that is specifically made for dogs. Brushing your dog’s teeth once every day is ideal but if their teeth and gums are healthy, brushing three times a week is okay and can already make a big difference!
Opt for dog food formulated for dog oral care. There are dog foods in the market that are made and formulated to support dog dental care and health. These types of dog food may help reduce the buildup of plaque & tartar and may also help freshen up your fur-baby’s breath for more slobbery kisses!
Provide Gnawtlers®. Gnawtlers® are premium elk and antler chews that greatly help in keeping your pup’s dental health in tip-top shape. These chews are good at strengthening your pup’s teeth and stimulating their mind. They are also considered to be safe, do not splinter or break easily, do not have any added dyes or flavorings, and are jam-packed with nutrients compared to other chew options in the market.
The dog dental care tips mentioned will help you maintain a proper care routine for your dog and be able to stay away from teeth and gum problems. Help your dog keep their teeth strong, those gums healthy, and that breath fresh for more adorable licks and kisses!