Most people love their dogs and take good care of them but, many neglect their dog’s dental health. Oral hygiene for dogs is an often-overlooked but important factor in your dog's overall health. As with humans, these canine dental problems can actually lead to life-threatening infections and issues including heart, liver, and kidney disease. It has been noted that most of the dogs aged over four suffer from various types of oral problems that usually lead to oral infection and tooth loss.
The primary sign of an early dental disease is bad breath, that most dog owners often neglect to pay attention to it. There is a misconception among the dog owners that bad breath is something dogs just happen to have or because they think that feeding them dry food and dog biscuits keep their teeth healthy. According to the veterinarians, dogs teeth are not as prone to cavities as human beings are but lack of hygiene can accelerate plaque build-up, sticking breath and excess growth of bacteria that affects the internal organs.
To help you work out which tooth cleaning method is best for your dog, we’ve compiled a list of dog care tips worth watching. Feed quality food-
Feeding your dog a good food helps your dog in many ways, including keeping his teeth healthier. Quality food, preferably made with whole foods, will nourish his body, which also means stronger teeth. Avoid foods made with by-products, meals, and cereal grains as they are more apt to stick to your dog’s teeth. Instead, look for a food made from meats, vegetables, and fruits.Brush regularly-
Brushing your dog’s teeth is the single most effective means to maintain oral health between professional dental examinations. This makes sense because the bacterial film known as “plaque” is the cause of periodontal disease. This film is easily disrupted by the simple mechanical effect of brushing the teeth. It is important however, to use special toothbrushes and toothpaste made for dogs. Chew bones and chew toys to clean teeth-
There are many synthetic bones and chew toys that are specially designed to strengthen your dog’s gums and teeth. Just make sure you’re providing safe objects for your dog to chew on and maintain proper dog care tips. Hard objects can cause broken teeth.
The good news is all the major oral health issues of dogs can be prevented easily with veterinarian checkups and proper dental cleaning.