|Dental neglect can cause serious health problems. That is why it is so important to begin a home dental program for your dog.
Here are some simple recommendations to get started:
Start by getting a good toothbrush. We've tested a lot of different dental care products and I recommend the Kissable Toothbrush from the Cain & Able dental collection. This really is a great brush - especially for those of you who are new to this whole "doggy tooth brushing" thing.
Push his lip back briefly to check. You're looking for the largest triangular tooth.
If it's directly below his eye, you now know where to find it.
Wet the brush again and put more toothpaste on it. Slide the brush along between his lip and his gum until it's even with his eye.
Brush for 5 to 10 seconds, using a circular motion, up near the gum line. Locate the tooth on the other side and brush it.
Simple, wasn't it? Do this once a day and you will eliminate much of the plaque buildup that leads to tartar and dog dental disease.
Once you're comfortable with cleaning your dogs teeth every day, you can extend your daily dog dental care to the remaining 38 teeth.
Brush the outer surface of each tooth in a circular motion. Once you're good at it, you should be done in as little as two minutes.
Two minutes a day for a lifetime of Cleaning your dog’s teeth and healthy gums. That's what dog-dental care is all about!
Two Things To Note
Your dog will probably chew on his brush while it's in his mouth.
It won't do any harm, and will help clean other tooth surfaces.
When you first start brushing and Cleaning your dog’s teeth, especially if you just had his teeth cleaned, you may see some blood on the toothbrush.
This blood is leaking out from the gums.
It's a sign that his gums are inflamed (a dark red color instead of pink) or that you're either brushing too hard or using a back-and-forth motion instead of a circular motion.
If you see blood, don't stop brushing. Ease up on the pressure of the brush against the gums, and use the circular motion.
Day by day, you'll see less blood as his gums become healthier due to your efforts.
For That Hard-To-Brush Mouth
If your dog is likely to bite you, or he has gum disease and you can't brush without hurting him, there are alternatives to help you maintain his healthy gums or improve diseased ones.
Your vet knows about enzymatic and antibacterial sprays that will help reduce the plaque and save you time on Cleaning your dog's teeth.
She can also prescribe a dry dog food, Science Diet, which scrapes the sides of the teeth while he eats that will help with cleaning your dogs teeth.
While bones, rawhide and chew toys may offer some help in cleaning your dogs teeth, brushing is far more effective dog dental care, followed by the sprays and the special dog food.
As you can see, daily dog dental care and cleaning your dogs teeth is not a demanding or time-consuming task.
Two minutes a day (just 12 hours a year) will help your dog avoid the fate my dog suffered: extracted teeth, gum disease, and dog breath.
Who knows, you might even enjoy his dog kisses more!
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