6 Simple Changes That Can Ensure Good Dental Health in Dogs

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6 Simple Changes That Can Ensure Good Dental Health in Dogs
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Protecting and preserving a dog’s dental and oral care might be more important than we think it is. The heavy plaque that is found under their gums will lead to long-term health issues that will be dealt with. However, these lead to worse health issues where they stain and tarnish other organs, such as your dog’s heart, kidneys, and other systems.

Here are 6 simple changes to your routine that can ensure good dental health in dogs:

1. Teeth Brushing

It might sound silly, but dog tooth brushing is an excellent way to prevent plaque buildup and to prevent many oral health issues, such as gingivitis, gum disease, periodontal disease, and halitosis.  A routine and daily toothbrushing with a dog-specific toothbrush and dog-specific toothpaste become necessary for their grooming necessities. Dog-specific toothpaste has turkey, chicken, or peanut butter flavors. Human toothpaste is toxic to your pets because the toothpaste will irritate their digestive system and make your dog sick. The canine tooth brushing routine looks like this. Brush the outside of the teeth, the back of their mouth, on their gums, and within their mouth’s inside cheeks. Small breed dogs are more prone to gum disease and teeth loss, but they will make their grooming needs, including teeth-cleaning, bearable to their human parents.

2. Tooth Wipes

For those that find the teeth brushing ritual to be impossible, they might start using tooth wipes. Rub their teeth with the wipe to eliminate hard gum bacteria. Tooth wipes for dogs resemble the same cleaning technique that dog toothbrushes use, but they cannot reach the areas that a toothbrush can access.

3. Dental Treats

There are prescription diet clinical food bites that can reduce plaque, stain, and tartar buildup in a dog’s mouth. Nutritionists and veterinarians have formulated nutritious products to support your dog's dental health. Dental chews have teeth-cleaning properties.  The act of chewing and gnawing anything will benefit your dog’s oral health by rubbing the gum’s plaque off your dog’s teeth. All-natural meat treats will also remove bacteria buildup and help promote dental health.  Their ingredients clean your dog’s mouths and freshen their breath.  Dogs prefer yummy oral health dog treats to other options.

4. Dental Food

Proper nutrition reduces tartar buildup and helps freshen breath.  A good example of a food that works to meet a dog’s dietary needs and to reach balanced nutrition is Hill's Prescription Diet dental care dry dog food. Senior dogs’ oral health might be overlooked but they might suffer from dental problems like worn teeth and gum disease that make it hard to eat their normal foods. So offer them a formula that is easier to chew and digest. Also, a small breeds’ specific kibble gives them better mouth health, softer skin, a shinier coat, and ultimately a happier and healthier dog.

5. Daily Exercise

A dog’s 30 minute daily walks, outside, and inside exercises will aid in their dental health journey.  Toys will also aid in their oral needs such as chew toys, tennis balls, and tug of war toys.  Chew toys for a teething puppy or a strong-jawed adult will strengthen their teeth, and the chewing or gnawing motion will benefit your dog’s oral health by rubbing off the gum’s plaque from your dog’s teeth, as said earlier. All-natural meat treats will also remove bacteria buildup and help promote dental health.   An exercise routine will help you to create a routine to progress better health for your dog.

6. Veterinary Requirements

Never forget that your dog needs to go to their veterinarian for regular checkups, preventive care, and annual (one to three years) teeth cleaning. In an expensive professional cleaning examination, your veterinarian will clean under your dog’s gums and in other inaccessible places that prevent oral and systemic diseases.  At the same checkup, your veterinarian may also want to take Xrays of your dog's teeth to ensure there are not any other underlying issues. This process is best for your dog’s oral health because your veterinarian will address any additional issues with preventative care, locating negative oral disease that the best dog owners might not discover at home, and treating issues that might go unnoticed. If you notice any change in your dog's mouth that seems not normal from sores to a changed smell, contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible. Be aware of any signs that your dog is experiencing an oral disease or condition that needs to be treated as soon as possible, such as mouth tumors, halitosis (infected bad breath), salivary cysts (that can be easily drained at the vet), periodontal disease (heavy gum plaque that comes from poor brushing and flossing), gum disease, or gingivitis (inflamed gums).

In conclusion, are you working hard to be aware of your dog’s health, even their oral care?  A healthy dog mouth will possess a moist tongue, salmon pink gums without plaque that has scaly or sticky discoloration, and forty-two clean and straight teeth.  Unfortunately, 80% of American dogs can develop some kind of dental disease by age three.  A healthy or unhealthy mouth will demonstrate grave differences and needs proper care and nutrition.  Since the Chinese were experimenting on horses’ teeth in 600 B.C., every annual February 1 begins National Pet Dental Health Month where you may celebrate by buying a new treat, a new dog toothbrush, or visit your dog’s veterinary dentist.  During the National Pet Dental Health Month in 1988, the first American veterinary dental college was founded and the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) was established in Denver, Colorado in 1997.  There is a VOHC Accepted Product List and now a VOHC Registered Seal is now put on animal products to help the public to be aware of effective products that are meant to remove plaque and tartar on animal’s teeth.  Be sure to maintain your dog’s proper oral care, to prevent the above oral conditions, and other negative bodily injuries.  Remember to constantly protect and preserve your dog’s dental and oral health.

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