Maintaining optimal dental health is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. While dogs aren’t as prone to cavities as humans are, they can still develop issues such as tartar, plaque buildup and gingivitis. To prevent these problems from developing, we’re sharing some tips and tricks for cleaning your dog’s teeth.
1) Start early
Establishing a good dental routine early-on is essential for your dog’s long-term dental health. By regularly brushing your dog’s teeth as a puppy, they will become used to and comfortable with the process. This also makes it easier for you as your dog matures.
2) Choose the right toothpaste
Selecting the correct toothpaste is crucial to your dog’s health. Many human toothpastes contain harmful ingredients such as fluoride, which is extremely dangerous to dogs. Vets in Endeavour Hills stock a range of toothpastes and toothbrushes which have been developed for canine dental care purposes.
3) Dry food is better than soft food
When it comes to preventing dental issues such as tooth decay, opt for dry food over soft food. Soft dog food can be potentially problematic as it is more likely to stick to your dog’s teeth, causing buildup and decay.
4) Bones and toys are great for cleaning teeth
There are many synthetic bones and toys created to strengthen your dog’s teeth and gums. Ensure that any bones or toys you give your dog are safe, as hard objects can result in broken teeth. It is also important to note that while a chewing a bone can help eliminate plaque buildup and strengthen your dog’s teeth, it is not enough. Regular brushing is essential to maintaining superior dog dental hygiene.
If you look inside your dog’s mouth and see problems such as excessive drooling, misaligned or missing teeth, discoloured, broken or crooked teeth, red, swollen, painful or bleeding gums, bad breath, bumps or growths within the mouth, yellowish-brown tartar crust along the gum line, or well as behaviours such as pawing at the face or mouth or depression, your pet may be suffering from dental disease and need professional care.
At Vets in Endeavour Hills, we provide specialist dental care for your dog. If you are concerned about your dog’s oral health, we offer our patients a free dental check. To speak with an experienced veterinary professional today, call us at (03) 9700 2264.