Ever smelt the sting of bad breath every time your dog gave you a kiss? Ever notice that your dog’s teeth are not as white as you want them to be? Your dog’s teeth are as important to him as your own are to you. It’s time to make sure his mouth stays clean and healthy.
Several statistics show that over 80% of dogs suffer from anyone kind of dental disease even before they turn three years old. The veterinarian may be the one keeping your dog’s teeth in good health, but there are a few tips that you can follow at home to help out. This will drastically decrease the chances of your dog getting dental diseases.
Dental care for puppies
To help your dog to get used to you cleaning his mouth you’ll have to start early. Start when he is still a puppy.
A puppy will have a full set of his temporary teeth by the time he is eight weeks old. Make it a game and play with him. Use a soft toothbrush to gently brush his teeth while keeping his mouth open.
The temporary teeth will fall out by the time he is four months old. He’ll have his next set of teeth by the time he reaches seven months. These teeth will need more care as your dog will have them for the rest of his life.
Basic dental care for adult dogs
Bad breath is the first indicator of unhealthy teeth in dogs. If it gets worse, then your dog will start drooling and pawing at his mouth in irritation. He will also start having trouble eating his food.
You’ll need to keep several points in mind while cleaning your dog’s teeth. You need to first remember that like us, dogs also have different types of teeth for different purposes. Tartar does not accumulate at the same rate o all the teeth.
These are the large pointy teeth on the sides of your dog’s mouth. They are used for holding food or toys in place by your dog. Brushing is the best way to clean these teeth.
These are the smaller front teeth and number 12 in total. These teeth are used while grooming and for biting softer foods. These also require brushing to be kept clean.
Premolars are larger teeth located behind the canines. They are both sharp and multi-rooted. Dogs use them to cut large food items. These teeth also need to be brushed. You can also use dental food or chews to trick your dog into cleaning them himself.
This set is the largest of your dog’s teeth and the hardest to reach as they are located at the back of his mouth. These teeth help grind harder foods. Use dental foods to keep them healthy as brushing these teeth is harder. You can also mix additives that are designed to reduce tartar formation in his drinking water.