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Are You Providing Good Dog Dental Care?

May 30, 2008
Having good teeth is not only important to humans it is also important to your dogs health. They deserve to have good dental care because their teeth are used not just for eating but also for cleaning and grooming themselves.

Just like humans a dog teeth can build up tartar or plaque which can cause gun disease. Gum disease is an infection resulting from increase of soft dental plaque on the outside of the teeth around the gums. The bacteria in dental plaque irritate the gum tissue if plaque is permitted to accumulate, will lead to infection in the bone around the teeth.
What effect does this have on your dog? You will notice the dog will have bad breath and the gums will become irritated, they will start to bleed and the dog will have oral pain, your dog could lose its appetite or drop food from its mouth while eating.
As a dog gets older they will require more dental care so that their teeth remain healthy,
so it is important to know that while they are still young, their teeth should already be properly taken care of.

Your dogs Diet

If you have a young dog start them on good quality dry foods. The crunchy texture helps the removal of plaque which moist foods are unable to. The crunchy feature also helps to stimulate the gums so that gum diseases are also prevented.

It is always best to consult your vet on the type of dental care you should be providing for your dog. Some breeds are more susceptible to dental problem than others and your vet can suggest the right food for them

Products For Dog Dental Care

There are many products on the market now available for your dogs dental health, from specially designed biscuits, chewing bones (such as pigs ears), toothpastes and tooth brushes. By using them it will decrease the chance of your dog getting gum or teeth disease. Always use specially prepared dog toothpaste. Because dogs cannot rinse and spit after a brushing, the dog toothpaste must be safe for pets to swallow! Some human toothpaste contains detergents which can upset your dog's stomachs, and, in addition, large quantities of ingested fluoride can harm your dog. To go with the toothpaste you can use a regular brush or a finger brush. The finger brush can easily be placed over your finger so that it is easier to brush your dog's teeth. Consult your vet on what they recommend to be the most suitable for your dog's teeth. Your dog's teeth need to be cleaned at least twice a week. Do this and your dog will love you for it.
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