People are very much aware of the importance of human oral hygiene. However, a lot of people do not know that canine oral hygiene has an equal significance to the overall health of your dogs. Based on the records of the American Veterinary Dental Society, up to 80% of dogs have oral disease problems by the age of 3. If a regular routine for oral care is established early in your pet’s life, there will be a notable decrease of the risk of oral diseases for your dog.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a dog’s teeth should be brushed everyday. It is justifiable that this recommendation is quite hard to achieve. However, experts say that the buildup of tartar may be prevented by brushing at least every other day.
For most dogs, adult teeth begin to show at around 4 months of age. It is essential to start brushing early in your pet’s life because bacteria can immediately grow on teeth. Plaque may be the result of bacteria build up and eventually it will become tartar. Brushing alone cannot get rid of tartar and the expertise of veterinarians is needed to remove tartar on your dog’s teeth.
Dogs may be poisoned or become ill if you are going to use human toothpaste on them. It is a must to use only brushes and toothpastes especially created for dogs. Compared to a human toothbrush, dog’s toothbrushes are smaller and easier to use for brushing the teeth of your canine pet. And bear in mind that a professional cleaning may be needed by your dog in his lifetime aside from a regular oral routine.
Just like humans, dogs may suffer bad breath, gum disease, pain and tooth loss if they have poor oral hygiene. The effects of canine oral disease is not only limited to the mouth, it may also contribute to kidney, heart and liver diseases. Both you and your dog may be saved from a lot of suffering and pain in the late stages of your dog’s life if you make it a point to brush your dog’s teeth regularly.
Dogs may need some time to get familiar with the oral hygienic regimen if it is not used to regular brushing. Slowly introducing toothbrush and toothpaste may be a good start. For any progress, make sure to offer lots of praise. In addition to brushing, tartar-reducing treats as well as a wide variety of products designed for easier brushing are available today.