Dental Care for Dogs
We all know how important it is to brush and floss our own teeth...well the same goes for our four legged children. Dogs are unique in that their saliva will clean the inside of their teeth but not the outside or at the gum line. It is suggested that you brush your dog's teeth everyday but at least 3 times a week. You can brush the same way you do your own in small circle on the front, back and at the gum line. There are many products out there from toothbrushes, toothpaste, and sprays. A toothbrush works well to clean at the gum line and remove the tarter. If you are in a pinch you can always use your finger.
My yorkies have small mouths and are known for bad teeth so I do my best to stay on top of cleaning their teeth. I prefer a toothbrush or my finger. Most dogs will get used to the routine so the task is easier on you. A vet can also perform a cleaning on your companion but it can be costly and usually they have to have anesthesia. I prefer to take the path of preventing not treating if possible. Plaque buildup which gets in the bloodstream and can lead to many problems in dogs like periodontal disease and kidney, liver or heart disease.
Another way to keep your dog's teeth tarter free and healthy is to feed a raw diet. There have been many studies that prove the raw diet keeps the dog's teeth healthy through raw bones that will remove any tarter. Please consult with an holistic vet before feeding any bones to make sure your dog will not have any reaction.
As a bonus your dog will get used to your hands in his mouth so you can get something out of it that they were not suppose to have. It takes 2 weeks to make a task a routine so try brushing your dog's teeth the same time everyday and before you know it it will be part of your daily routine.
What is your favorite product to use for cleaning your dog's teeth?