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We’ve all heard of how a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s. Yes, dogs are at lesser risk of developing cavities than their owners. However, oral and dental complaints in a dog can spiral into much graver health risks which can impact the functioning of other vital organs like the heart, kidney and liver. No dog parent wants their son/daughter to go through that. So, what is the solution? Well, here are some dental tips for your doggy which will keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy –
- Brush their teeth as often as you can – Dentists recommend brushing their teeth daily. It is understandable how this may not be possible. But do make sure that you brush your dog’s teeth as often as you can to prevent a buildup of food and bacteria which may cause infections, plaque or gum irritation.
- Pick dry food over soft food – Soft food is prone to sticking to their teeth and leading to decay. Meat, fruits and vegetables are good whole food options which will not only make your dog’s teeth stronger but also much easier to clean.
- Provide a soft chew toy for them – If you give them a hard bone, they may injure their teeth. A soft chew makes for a better alternative. It will clean away bits of food from their mouth and is healthier for their teeth and gums.
- Choose the right tooth paste – Never use your toothpaste on your dog. It contains fluoride and is harmful for your dogs. They also produce froth which the dog may swallow. Pick a toothpaste i.e. specially formulated for your four-legged friend, from a good pet store.
- Visit the vet – Atleast, make an annual appointment with the pet to have your dog’s teeth examined. You will be preventing any forthcoming risk of bacterial infection this way.
- Chew bones made of starches are a strict no-no – Chew bones made of corn, potato or rice flours are much more stickier than the variants made from vegetables or dried meat. So stay away from commercial chew bones whenever possible.
- Look out for warning signs – If you notice bad breath, excessive drooling, depression, misaligned teeth, bumps within the mouth, red/swollen gums, a change in their regular chewing habit, crust along their gum line – take your dog to the vet. It may be sign of a dental problem.
Dogs need dental health care as much as humans. While their oral hygiene may be better in comparison to humans, it cannot be denied that the implication of bad oral hygiene for them is much more dangerous. Follow the tips provided above to ensure your dog maintains good dental hygiene.