Dental health is not only important to humans, it’s also important for dogs. Just like humans, dogs can suffer from a variety of dental issues that can end up being quite serious if left untreated. The best way to prevent these issues from happening is to try to keep your dog’s teeth as clean as you possibly can. There are a variety of ways you can go about this, as we will take a look.
Why Dental Health is Important
Dogs benefit from good dental health in a variety of ways. By keeping their teeth and gums healthy they are less likely to lose teeth in a painful way, suffer from disease that can go on to attack their organs, they will be able to eat their food without pain, and you won’t need to worry about cavities and expensive dental visits.
Regular Veterinarian Visits
By scheduling regular vet visits you’ll be able to have them look at your dog’s teeth and let you know where problem areas may be forming. Catching problems before they become big will not only be better for your dog’s health, but it also poses less risk to them, and is usually much cheaper to deal with.
While it may sound silly at first, brushing your dog’s teeth is actually pretty simple, quick, and very effective as far as keeping them healthy. You can purchase specially made dog toothpaste and a toothbrush and then clean their teeth daily if possible.
If you don’t want to purchase the pre-made products, you can always make your own teeth cleaning solution with 2oz of Aloe Vera juice and 2oz of hydrogen peroxide (3%). Just use a cotton swab to gently wipe your dog’s teeth with it in a brushing motion. If you are trying to combat bad breath you can add one tablespoon of baking soda to it. Even if you don’t have time to do this daily, a few times a week will help.
Feed Them Dry Food
Did you know that the food you choose to give them also helps to keep their teeth clean? Wet food is known to cling and stick to the teeth and then if it isn’t brushed away it will eventually lead to tooth decay. Dry food doesn’t stick to the teeth and actually helps with plague and tartar build-up.
Chews and Bones
What may be seen as a special treat to your dog is actually another weapon you can use when it comes to keeping their teeth healthy. Look for specially made dog chews that require plenty of chewing but aren’t so tough that they end up breaking your dog’s teeth. These kinds of dog chews will make your dog’s teeth and gums much healthier and stronger.
Keep their Health in Mind
It seems like a simple thing, cleaning your dog’s teeth, but it’s amazing just how much of an impact dental health has on your dog’s overall well-being. By taking these steps you’ll be helping to keep them healthy and pain free.