The Lowdown on Your Doggy’s Dental Health

If you’re a current pet owner or a new pet owner recently brought home a new puppy, then you should be aware of how to properly care for your puppy’s teeth.

If you start when they’re young, you’ll both be on the right road to healthy teeth and gums. Establishing good dental hygiene may prolong your dog’s life. Here is some information on how to care for your dog’s teeth and other useful information.

How common are cavities?

For starters, you should know that cavities are rare in dogs, however, the bad news is that more than 80 percent of dogs that are over the age of three will develop gum disease. There are young dogs who didn’t have a good start and have poor care, who will often develop gum dental disease in dogs and other oral problems.

How do you care for your dog’s teeth at home?

Between your professional dental cleaning by vet visit, you should be brushing your dog’s teeth at home. Ideally, you should brush them every day, but brushing them at least two to three times a week is good. Make sure that you’re using pet-friendly toothpaste. Human toothpaste can make your dog sick if he swallows it. Invest in a finger brush, because it makes it much easier to clean. It’s a personal choice between that and a standard dog toothbrush. The idea is to get to cleaning! Provide your dog with chew toys or treats that help with removing plaque and tartar from their teeth while chewing.

What signs should you look for in your dog’s teeth?

  • Here are a few things you should keep an eye out for:
  • Red and puffy gums
  • Swelling or lumps
  • Excessive drooling
  • Inability to eat
  • Tenderness around the mouth
  • Broken teeth
  • Foul breath

 

These are a few potential symptoms of gum dental disease in dogs or bad oral problems. The sooner you catch these and bring them to the attention of your vet, the better.