How to get plaque off dogs teeth
Plaque, tartar and gum inflammation are very common in pets and among the most frequent concerns seen by vets.
Maintaining dental care is necessary to provide optimum health and quality of life. If your dog's teeth are not properly cared for it could cause problems.
What is dog tooth plaque?
Plaque is a type of bacteria that lives in your dog’s mouth. These bacteria give off a type of acid which eats into the surface of your dog’s teeth. Over time this can cause painful cavities, gum problems and might mean that your dog loses some of their teeth.
Dog dental care is crucial, if your dog’s teeth are not regularly cleaned the plaque will build up and turn into tartar. Tartar has a solid, brown, gritty look and feel and can lead to inflammation and tenderness which is no fun for your dog or cat to contend with while trying to eat.
How to brush a dog’s teeth?
Prevention is always better than cure. It’s important to know how to brush a dog’s teeth and to start brushing them daily with a special dog toothbrush and toothpaste. Don’t use human toothpaste, as this contains chemicals that can be toxic to dogs.
It’s a good idea to start brushing your dog’s teeth when they are young, as they can get used to it as part of their routine. It’s never too late to start though and older dogs will soon get used to having their teeth brushed.
Take things slowly and get them used to having their teeth cleaned over a few weeks. Let them taste their new dog safe toothpaste so they think of brushing their teeth as a treat not a chore.
You can help to get your dog used to having their mouth touched by gently rubbing a soft cloth along their gums. Gradually move on by using a brush that fits over your finger. This will help to get your dog used to the feeling of their teeth being brushed.
When your dog is comfortable and ready, use a proper dog toothbrush with a longer handle, which will help you reach all of their teeth.
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