Dog’s dental health is one of the most important things but easily ignored by dog owners. If not provided proper dental care, dogs might get dental disease. Dental diseases like gum disease, cracked teeth affect a dog’s health and happiness as much as they do to human. Provide dental care to your dogs and giving them healthy diet can decrease their risk of getting dental disease. Here are what you should know about dental health in dogs.
- Signs of dental diseases
Bad breath. Normally, bad breath could be the first sign of early dental disease. If the food dogs eat hasn’t changed and dogs still get bad breath (worse than normal), dental care like simple teeth brush should be considered.
Bleeding or inflamed gums. Bleeding or inflamed gums mean your dog got infected by bacteria, and generally accompanied by gum aches which could cause your dog’s loss of appetite. If your dog has this symptoms, contact your vet as soon as possible.
Unusual drooling. It’s normal that dogs drool when they’re chewing on toys or expecting treats, but if your dog drools excessively than usual, it may be associated with tooth pain or gum aches.
- Ways to prevent it
Dental health is important to a dog’s overall health and happiness. What we can do to prevent our dogs getting dental diseases? Check it out.
Tooth-brushing. Brushing is a easy and great way to clean the tooth. You don’t need to brush your dog’s tooth daily, instead, make tooth-brushing a routine and your dog will gradually accept it.
Dry food can make tooth clean. Dry food can rub off some plague when your dogs chew on it. Likewise, providing chew toys to your dog to play with is another way for dental care.
Use pet-safe toothbrushes and toothpaste. Toothbrushes for human could be useless for dogs as they have different tooth structure. Dog-specific toothbrushes is designed for dogs according to their tooth and gums which can help better clean them. Like suncream, human-tooth paste could contain harmful ingredients to dogs, so buy dog-safe toothpaste for your dog.
Dental check. You can do daily dental check on your dog yourself according to the signs of the dental diseases including checking gums color, drooling. Besides, take your dog to a vet for dental check every 6 month is recommended.