Dog Dental Care – And How To Brush Your Dogs Teeth
Dogs have very strong jaws and teeth. They are designed to tear through bone, flesh, and anything else they come across. So when it comes to brushing their own teeth, there is no need for them to use toothpaste or gels.
But what if you want to do so? What if you want to give your dog something to chew on while brushing his teeth?
There are several things you can try. Here are some ideas:
Use a toothbrush made out of natural materials such as bamboo, jute, cotton, etc. These types of brushes will not harm your pet at all. You may even get lucky and find one that contains no harmful chemicals!
You can also buy toothbrushes from the market. These type of brushes contain no harmful ingredients and will probably work just fine.
The most effective way to brush your dog’s teeth is by using a soft cloth dipped into warm water. If you don’t have any soft cloths lying around, then you could always make one yourself out of newspaper or tissue paper. Just make sure that the cloth doesn’t have sharp edges since these might cause bleeding or other problems later on.
You can also use gauze, sponges, or any kind of soft material to wipe off the areas that are hard to reach with a normal toothbrush.
If you’re using a cloth, gauze, sponge, or anything similar, make sure that you do not use anything that is too abrasive. You can cause irreversible damage to your pet’s teeth if you scrub too hard. Be gentle whenever possible.
If you’re going to use traditional toothpaste, make sure that it is fluoride free. Normal toothpastes contain fluoride, which is not safe for your dog (or you). You can try using natural alternatives such as coconut oil or baking soda. These types of pastes are normally safer for pets and easier on the stomach.
These days, there are many different brands of dog treats on the market that help clean your pet’s teeth. These types of treats are a lot safer than a lot of other options out there. If you choose to give your dog a dental chew, look for one that is all natural and doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients.
You can also try brushing your pet’s teeth without any store bought items at all. The most basic way to go about this is by using ordinary table salt. Add a small amount of salt to your dog’s food and give it to them on a daily basis. You can also try adding other spices such as garlic.
These will help freshen your pet’s breath while also cleaning his teeth. As an added bonus, these types of mixtures may help control bad breath and other issues related to dental health. Keep in mind that this method may take up to two weeks before you notice any real results.
Brushing your pet’s teeth is an important part of making sure they stay healthy. If you can’t brush their teeth on a regular basis, try to do it as often as you can. If you find this to be to difficult or time consuming, then you should take your dog to the vet for a full checkup. You never know what kind of problems they could be having if you don’t brush their teeth at all.
To learn more about dental care for pets, look online for local pet shows in your area. These shows will allow you to talk to professional dog trainers who can better explain the do’s and don’ts of pet dental care.
Brushing your pet’s teeth isn’t too difficult once you get into a routine. Just make sure that you do it at least once per month if possible. If you cannot do this, try to do it every two weeks at least. If you absolutely cannot do this at all, then try to do it at least three times per year.
Make sure that you use a soft toothbrush with toothpaste or any other materials that we discussed earlier in the article. Be especially careful when brushing their teeth and avoid causing any pain or bleeding in the gums or mouth. If your pet starts to gag or choke, then you should stop immediately. After you are finished, make sure to praise them or give them some kind of treat for being so patient with you. If they seem scared of the entire process, then you may want to get some help from a professional trainer. With a little patience and effort, you can teach your pet to like toothbrushing!
Sources & references used in this article:
- Experimental periodontitis in the beagle dog (J Lindhe, SE Hamp, H Löe – Journal of Periodontal Research, 1973 – Wiley Online Library)
- The role of tooth-brushing and diet in the maintenance of periodontal health in dogs (C Gorrel, JM Rawlings – Journal of veterinary dentistry, 1996 – journals.sagepub.com)
- Therapeutic device for cleaning the teeth of dogs (HR Axelrod – US Patent 4,924,811, 1990 – Google Patents)
- Compliance with oral hygiene recommendations following periodontal treatment in client-owned dogs (BR Miller, CE Harvey – Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, 1994 – journals.sagepub.com)
- Long term effects of a dental hygiene chew on the periodontal health of dogs (C Gorrel, TL Bierer – Journal of Veterinary dentistry, 1999 – journals.sagepub.com)