How to look after your dog’s teeth

Dental disease in dogs.

When your four-legged friend has healthy teeth and gums, they can get the most out of their food while crunching up any delicious nibble.

If his teeth hurt, they will soon be leaving their meals and your metabolism will suffer.

Bad dental care doesn’t just affect the mouth.

The bacteria caused by dental disease could eventually get into your dog’s bloodstream, potentially damaging their heart, liver, or kidneys.

As a loving owner, what do you need to look out for to protect your pet’s pearly whites?

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Plaque.

Bacteria are constantly building up in your dog’s mouth. When they mix with saliva and leftover food, a sticky, colorless film (plaque) builds up on the outside of the teeth, especially the upper front and back teeth. It is important to clean this plaque from the dog’s teeth as if it was still building up. It can harden into tartar.

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Periodontal disease.

After 3-5 days untouched, plaque forms another alliance, this time with the minerals in your dog’s saliva. This hardens the plaque and turns it into tartar, also known as tartar. Tartar can irritate your dog’s gums and cause gingivitis, swelling, and redness of the gums. This can lead to bad breath – something you will likely notice pretty quickly! Dry dog ​​food can help scrape off plaque and tartar, but you still need to supplement this with some dog dental care.

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Preparation for brushing dogs' teeth

Mouth disease.

You should regularly check your dog’s mouth for signs of oral disease. The first clue is likely your bad breath (which is hard to ignore), but also red, bleeding, or swollen gums, crusted yellow-brown tartar on your teeth, and drooling.

If your dog develops severe gingivitis, you may also find that while eating, he will drop food, eat on one side of his mouth, or not eat at all, which can lead to weight loss. When breaking your mouth, watch out for broken, discolored, or missing teeth, lumps, and bumps on the gum line, and make sure the jaw itself isn’t swollen or misshapen.

Trauma to the teeth.

Of course, not all dental problems are caused by disease – your dog’s teeth can be broken or broken from vigorous chewing on very hard objects or simply from accidental injury while playing. When examining your dog’s mouth, look for broken or worn teeth, and encourage your pet to chew on dog chews and toys instead of stones or sticks.

How to brush dogs’ teeth.

Cleaning dogs’ teeth are important as it can prevent plaque and tartar build-up. If left untouched for 3-5 days, plaque combines with minerals in your dog’s saliva to harden and turn into tartar. Tartar can irritate your dog’s gums and provide a rough surface for more bacteria, leading to gingivitis (swelling and redness of the gums) and can lead to bad breath – which you will likely notice! Keeping your dog’s teeth clean can help remove plaque.

Ideally, you should try brushing your dog’s teeth every day as you do yourself. However, if this is not possible, try paying attention to your dog’s teeth and gums at least 3-4 times a week.

Start early.

If you are unsure how to clean your dog’s teeth, it is best to start early. Dental care should begin while your puppy still has baby teeth (they lose these around 4 to 6 months of age). If you can get your pup used to looking in their mouth and brushing their teeth at a young age, it will be much easier later in life.

Keep the sessions short at the beginning

Start slowly and systematically, choosing a time when your puppy is calm and quiet. Start by simply lifting your lips on either side of your mouth, then gently rubbing your teeth with a finger wrapped in gauze or soft flannel. You want the experience to be enjoyable, so keep it short and to the point. Focus on the outside of the teeth, where a plaque is most likely to build up, and praise your puppy throughout. At the end of each session, give them a treat so that they can learn how to brush up, which is a rewarding experience for them.

Introduce the toothbrush.

Once your dog has accepted that its teeth be gently wiped, it is time to move on to a soft canine toothbrush (available from your veterinarian’s office). Don’t worry about toothpaste first. It is more important to get them used to the feel of the brush. Dip the toothbrush in warm water and apply it to your teeth with the brush head at a 45-degree angle so you can focus on reaching under the gumline where the teeth and gums meet. Caress gently up and down, in even movements, with just a little pressure.

Choose the right toothpaste.

Only when your dog is completely satisfied with their special dog toothbrush should you start introducing enzymatic dog toothpaste. These are specially designed for dogs and contain flavors such as meat, mint, and malt! Just like you wouldn’t want to use dog toothpaste, neither should your dog ever use human toothpaste.

Be patient.

Of course, some dogs just won’t accept your mouth messing around, especially if dog dental care didn’t start until later in their life, but don’t give up. With patience and time, you should be able to persuade them to brush their teeth. In the meantime, however, there are a few other things you can try, such as B. Oral hygiene gels available from your vet that contain enzymes that inhibit the bacteria responsible for plaque, chew toys, and specially formulated dental chewing products to reduce tartar and massage the gums. If your older dog doesn’t feel like getting its teeth brushed, speak to your veterinarian as they may be able to offer you some helpful tips.

Dental examination at the vet

Dental examination at the vet.

With a regular dental exam, your veterinarian will examine different areas to make sure your dog’s mouth is as healthy as possible. This includes examining your dog’s face and head for asymmetry, swelling, or discharge. They then look inside their mouth and examine the lining of their lips, the surfaces of their teeth and gums, the hard-to-reach inner surfaces of their teeth and gums, and their tongue, roof of the mouth, tonsils, and the area below their tongue.

If tartar has built up on your dog’s teeth, your vet may recommend removing it under anesthesia and buffing the teeth. This professional teeth cleaning procedure (called a prophylaxis) may include:

  • Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial solution.
  • Use hand and ultrasonic scalers to clean your teeth to remove tartar above and below the gumline.
  • Use a disclosure solution to view all areas of the remaining tartar – then remove it.
  • Polish your teeth to remove microscopic scratches.
  • Examine each tooth and the gums around them for signs of disease.
  • Extracting irreparable teeth.
  • Once your dog’s teeth are lightning-fast, your veterinarian will advise you on how to keep them that way. By brushing your dog’s teeth at home, you can take responsibility for regular dental care, reduce veterinary visits, and help keep your dog’s teeth and breath squeaky clean!

Dentalife dog chewing teeth.

As a complement to your dog’s dental routine, you should feed them Dentalife dog tooth chews. The chewy porous texture and fluted design are specially formulated to ensure thorough cleaning that even reaches the back teeth – which are most susceptible to tartar and plaque. It is scientifically proven that when used daily, these dogtooth chews reduce tartar build-up and ensure that teeth and gums are in good condition. They’re also flavored with delicious chicken, so your dog is sure to find them absolutely delicious.

Start your dog’s daily oral care routine with Dentalife Dogs’ teeth chewing – scientifically proven to reduce tartar build-up for healthier teeth and gums.

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