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Canine Dental Care Is Important

Apr 21, 2008
Believe it or not, dental hygiene is as important for our dogs as it is for us human beings. As with people, dogs' teeth can gather plaque after eating. Plaque eventually builds up and as it hardens it becomes a coarse brown substance known as tartar.

When this tartar accumulates it can work its way under the gums and cause painful infections and gum disease. This process goes on in the mouths of our dogs just like it does in people. You brush your teeth every day, probably several times. What does your dog do?

Teeth Brushing For Dogs

Most Veterinarians will recommend that dog owners brush their dog's teeth at least twice a week to keep that buildup of tartar to a minimum. Many pet supply stores carry specially designed toothbrushes and toothpaste just for dogs.

Keep in mind that a dog's sense of taste and smell is much more acute than that of a human and the zesty, tingly, minty taste of toothpaste for people will be extremely unpleasant for a dog. Try brushing your dog's teeth with Crest just once and it will likely be the last time he lets you anywhere near him with a toothbrush. Always use a specially designed canine toothpaste.

Dental Chew

Some people don't have the time or patience to brush their dogs' teeth on a regular basis. If you're one of these, you'll want to care for Chopper's choppers in another way. A dog's natural tendency to chew is a built-in dental care mechanism. Dog biscuits break into small chunks when chewed and rub against the teeth, providing a cleaning service.

Actually there's no substitute for brushing your dog's teeth, but if you can't do that, make sure he gets some sort of high quality, crunchy dog biscuit on a regular basis.

Mouth Diseases in Dogs

Dogs without access to proper dental care or crunchy teeth cleaning foods will run the risk of several types of mouth disease. These can be as mild as gingivitis (a gum disease that results in swollen, inflamed gums) and as serious as a bacterial infection that may spread through the dog's bloodstream causing damage to vital organs. You owe it to yourself and your dog to take care of his teeth.

Doggie Dentistry

Dental services are available for dogs, just like they are for people. A dog's teeth can be filled, capped, and extracted if necessary, just like a human's. The best course of action, however, is to avoid the need for such services by properly caring for your dog's teeth.

If you can avoid unnecessary pain and discomfort for your furry friend, you should do so. Preventative doggie dental care can save you money as well. Doggie dental procedures can be quite costly.
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