Daily Dog Dental Care Keeps Teeth Clean and Eliminates Dog Bad Breath

Daily dog dental care is very important for the long-term health of your dog's gums and teeth, and to help keep his breath smelling sweet.

Keep reading to learn how to care for his teeth and how to get rid of dog breath. He'll love you for it, and maybe give you an odor-free kiss for it.

How Problems Develop

After eating, small food particles combine with bacteria in your dog's mouth to form plaque, which sticks to his teeth.

If they are not brushed to remove the plaque, after 24 to 36 hours, it hardens and becomes tartar, the scale often found up near the gum line (and sometimes extending down the length of the tooth).

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.

Tartar can also creep under the gum line, where it inflames the gums and can cause gum disease and receding gums.

If you've ever had sore gums, you know how painful it can be. It's painful for a dog with tartar, as well.

The bacteria in his mouth can also reach the roots of the teeth, leading to infection and tooth loss.

Tartar is also the main cause of why you need dog dental care, to take care of dog bad breath (also called dog breath and doggy breath), that foul smell that comes from the mouth of some dogs.

Tartar is almost impossible to remove at home. I know. I tried. And vets can only scrape the tartar off a dog's teeth after he's been put under with a general anesthesia, a process that can be dangerous for humans and animals alike.

Please don't cause your dog completely avoidable pain and tooth and gum problems. Brush his teeth daily, practice dog dental care.

When Not To Brush

Before describing the cleaning process, I want to discuss when you shouldn't attempt to clean your dog's teeth.

If you think your dog is likely to bite you if you come close to his mouth with a toothbrush, stop. Clean teeth aren't worth a puncture wound in your hand or arm.

If his teeth already have tartar, don't start brushing. It won't help to remove the scale, and it may irritate his already sore gums even more.

Take him to the vet for a cleaning, then start down the path to dog dental care.

Dog Dental Care

Many people think that brushing their dog's teeth is akin to the sport of wrestling: pinning him down, straddling him, holding his head to the floor. Nothing can be farther from the truth with successful dog dental care.

The trick is to use a toothpaste designed for dogs. Do not use your toothpaste. Your dog probably won't like the taste, and there are foaming agents in it that may make him vomit.

A dog toothpaste has enzymes that do a better job of cleaning your dogs teeth than will your toothpaste.

He's more likely to like his own toothpaste as well, since they're usually meat-flavored! Or how about peanut-butter flavored?

You don't need a specially designed dog toothbrush. Any soft-bristle toothbrush for human use is fine for your dog.

If you have a very small dog, you may want to purchase a kit that contains dog toothpaste and a double-ended toothbrush, which has a small brush on one end.

Your dog has 42 teeth, but you don't need to brush all of them, at least not the first few times. Most tartar accumulates on the outside surface (next to the lip) of just four of them: the upper canines (the fangs) and the upper fourth premolars, which are the first large teeth in the back of the mouth.

Turn these into a fabulous foursome and you'll be improving his dental health quickly and easily.

As you can see, daily dog dental care 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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