The thought of brushing your dog’s teeth like you would a human’s might seem odd, but it can actually be incredibly beneficial to your dog’s health and actually save you money in the long run.
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Dr. Mark Reeve was featured on ABC Radio Adelaide’s afternoon program and talked about why all dog parents should make their fur baby’s at-home dental care a priority.
Brush, Brush Brush!
Dog breath is normal and often overlooked, but if you have to hold your own breath when you get a whiff of your dog’s breath, then you’ve got a bad case of halitosis on your hands, which, according to Reeve, is “the first sign of disease in the mouth.”
Oral infections, disease, tooth decay and other dental concerns for dogs are more common than people realize, and many people will just let them happen because they assume it’s normal and just a part of aging, etc. But the truth is that your dog’s dental health can actually have a major impact on his overall health and can lead to you having to pay mounds of vet bills later on in order to get his health back on track.
However, if you start taking the proper steps now to keep your fur baby’s dental health in good shape, then a lot of the risk for dental disease and infection can be significantly decreased.
Bones Actually Won’t Work
A common go-to people will use is throwing their dog a bone, with the intent to maintain their dog’s dental health. While this can help keep their teeth sharp and strong, bones don’t actually do the full cleaning job. In fact, Reeve strongly advises against frequently giving your dog hard bones and biscuits to help their teeth because it increases the chances of them getting sharp fragments stuck in their teeth or their teeth breaking or chipping, which can ultimately lead to injury or infection.
“Brushing [your dog’s] teeth is actually the best thing to look after [their] teeth – just like our teeth,” he said.
How Do You Brush Your Dog’s Teeth?
Interestingly enough, Reeve says that you don’t actually need a toothbrush and toothpaste to effectively clean your dog’s teeth, though this is definitely an option. If you do prefer to do a full brushing job, it’s advised that you start by treating the toothbrush like a game to get your pup used to it, then add the toothpaste later on. It’s best to brush their teeth 2-3 times a week, or daily for best results.
However, if you don’t feel you need to do the thorough brushing, Reeve says you can simply examine your fur baby’s teeth after every meal and carefully remove any leftover food that may be stuck in their mouth and teeth. He says you can use a basic face cleaner to do a more thorough job if needed.
If you can, it’s best to start practicing oral care on your fur baby when he’s young to help him get used to it from the start. This will make it a much easier and smoother process for you as he gets older. Frequently handling their mouths can also help them get used to being touched and reduce the chances of them developing any sensitivities when their mouths are touched by other dogs or people.
Other Dental Care Products
To further help ensure your dog’s dental health, you can also look into investing in our very own dental care products that can do wonders for your dog’s teeth:
- Spray Me is an easy spray for your dog’s mouth and teeth that can help control plaque and tarter, kill off any foreign bacteria, aid in the prevention of gum disease, and also freshen breath.
- Gel Me is a safe, alcohol-free gel formula that can also help prevent plaque and tarter buildup, kill off foreign bacteria, prevent disease and keep their breath fresh.
- Clean Me are dental chews (sized for either large dogs or small dogs) that may freshen breath, clear away tarter, promote oral health and are easy and yummy for your fur baby to consume.
- Beef & Bacon Lickies is yummy-tasting enzyme formulated gel that’s filled with vitamins and helps fight bad breath, and promote oral health.
Just like for you or your family, dental care is extremely important for your growing or aging furry friend. Have you ever brushed your dog’s teeth before? Were you aware of how important it was? Do you have any additional questions that we can help answer? Let us know, we would love to support you and your fur baby however we can.