Maintaining good dental health in your dog is an essential part of providing proper pet health care. Your dog’s teeth are very important, and may sometimes require constant care. Many dog owners neglect their pet’s teeth, thinking that it is not really important, or that a dog’s dental problems will just go away. However, keeping your dog’s teeth in the best possible condition is actually a good preventive tactic for avoiding some potentially serious health conditions.
It is estimated that periodontal disease is one of the most common conditions to affect domesticated dogs. Before making the choice to brush your dog’s teeth, it may be beneficial for you to first have your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned. This will help get your dog used to a teeth-cleaning process, though is much more effective if done when your dog is stil in the puppy life-stage. A professional teeth-cleaning is also a great way to get your dog used to the idea of teeth brushing. This can be accomplished by making an appointment with a pet dental specialist, who can usually be found at your local veterinary office.
Once you have made the choice to brush your pet dog’s teeth, it’s time to select a tooth-brushing product. There are several different doggie-dental formulas available today, which may come in a paste, a powder, or a gel product. Doggie toothpaste is not the same as human toothpaste, and it is NEVER okay to brush your dog’s teeth with human products. Most dog dental products are also flavored with a small amount of meat, which makes them much more palatable with dogs. Choose the doggie-dental formula that best meets your dog’s needs.
After selecting a cleaning product for your dog’s teeth, it is then time to select a tooth-cleaning tool. Some tooth cleaning products require the use of a toothbrush, while some require other tools. No matter the specific type of dental-cleaning product that you use, your dog will usually have a preference. If your dog does not repond well to the use of a toothbrush, try purchasing “dental pads”. These pads are usually made of exfoliating cloth, and are rubbed against a dog’s teeth in order to promote good dental health.
If you have having trouble getting your dog to sit still during the tooth brushing process, there are several different option s you may consider. You can try distracting your dog with a treat or dog toy, while still continuing the tooth brushing process. Try to always brush your dog’s teeth at a time when your dog is relaxed, since this will make them much less anxious about you brushing their teeth. If your dog does not like having their teeth touched, try engaging in a “mini-socialization” process. This involves touching your dog’s teeth for a designated amount of time each day (usually about 30 seconds), and rewarding your dog with treats or a toy when they are able to endure this without becoming anxious.