Dog Care: Taking Care Of Your Dog’s Teeth
You should not forget that looking after your dog’s teeth is one of the activities you do to take care of them. Just like humans, dogs also have teeth and can also suffer from bad breath. Consulting your vet on how to clean your dog’s teeth is very important. You will learn from them how to brush the teeth of your dog properly without causing gum troubles.
Looking for the perfect toothbrush for your dog may take some of your time. Your vet may recommend you to use a toothbrush specially designed for dogs so that brushing will be easier for you. When selecting a toothbrush, it is important that you follow some rules. It should be of the right size, and the bristles should be soft because hard bristles may hurt the gums of your dog.
Check for the handle if it is long enough and you can hold it comfortably. You should read the labels on the toothpaste carefully and make sure that it does not contain salts, detergents, and enzymes because these are dangerous to your dog’s health. Always ask for advice from your vet and be careful in choosing the toothpaste that you will use. You may experience a great battle with your dog the first time you brush his teeth especially if he is already a grown up.
It is always best to start dental care with dogs while they are still young. You should not give up if your dog resists brushing his teeth. You should be gentle in the beginning and try explaining to him that this will not hurt him. Begin brushing from the back and slowly move forward making little circular motions. You can also use a towel at first and rub his teeth until he gets used to your fingers inside his mouth. Talk to him gently while doing it for him to calm down.
Just be patient and sooner or later he will get used to it, and you will no longer have a hard time brushing their teeth. You should brush your dog’s teeth every day but if you cannot do it daily, once every two days is fine. Make it as part of their routine, just like the way you treat your mouth. Doing this will make your dog’s teeth stronger and his breath better.