February is dental health month for pets. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80 percent of dogs will develop some form of oral disease by the age of three. As pet owners, we want to keep our furry friends as healthy as possible. That’s why we make sure they get plenty of exercise, get regularly groomed and are eating right. But did you know that your dog’s oral health can impact their overall health and that practicing good oral hygiene can have a positive impact on their well-being?
The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene
Without regular dental care, your dog has a greater risk of gum disease, which can make it difficult for them to eat. If left untreated can lead to bacteria spreading to the liver and kidneys. Other dental problems that can occur due to lack of proper oral care include:
- Broken teeth and roots
- Periodontal disease
- Infected teeth
- Plate defects
Pet-friendly toothpaste, along with rawhide chews and certain dog treats can help create a complete oral care routine for your dog.
Healthy Teeth Begins with Brushing
So how often should you brush your dog’s teeth? According to PetMD, to prevent serious dental disease, it is recommended to brush your dog’s teeth at home at least two to three times per week and take your pet for a professional dental cleaning once a year.
Just like with humans, the most effective way to keep your dog’s teeth healthy is with regular brushing habits with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You can find a canine toothbrush at your local pet store and there are a variety of dog kinds of toothpaste to choose from, so you can find the one that’s right for you and your dog. Because developing a routine is important, here are a few helpful steps to keeping your dog’s teeth healthy, shiny and clean.
Comfort Is Key
Because you don’t want to catch your dog by surprise and have them get defense, before you start brushing, make sure your dog is comfortable and at ease.
Test the Toothpaste
Let your dog try the toothpaste. This will help you find out whether or not it’s the right one to use.
Try the Toothbrush
It may take some practice but it’s important to get your dog accustomed to the feeling of a toothbrush.
Ease into It
Start by brushing only a few teeth each day, gradually working up to more.
Reward your dog for being good with a treat or their favorite toy. While it may take some practice and patience on your part before your dog is completely comfortable with having their teeth brushed, you’ll eventually get your dog accustomed to regular brushings.
Promoting Healthy Habits and Healthy Living
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