A top notch doggy dental care regime is super-important if you want to keep your dog healthy.
Needed for more than just eradicating whiffy ‘dog breath’, it’s an essential task for preventing serious and potentially life-threatening conditions such as gingivitis and periodontal disease.
While many pups may be reluctant to let you clean and care for their teeth, introducing a doggy dental regime is something you should persevere with and incorporate into their daily routine.
Here’s some tips to help you keep your dog’s gnashers sparkling:
- Clean teeth and gums daily: Dogs need their teeth brushing every day to prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar. Pick a part of the day when your pooch is calm and tired – probably after exercising – so that they are more likely to sit still.
- Use a toothbrush specifically designed for dogs: There are a variety of different toothbrushes designed for dogs. Classic, single head dog toothbrushes are similar to human toothbrushes but are specifically angled to fit a dog’s mouth, while double-ended toothbrushes have different size brushes on each end, so you can effectively clean both small incisors and large molars. Time-saving double-headed dog toothbrushes are also available which allow you to clean upper and lower teeth at same time.
- Don’t use your own toothpaste: Human toothpaste can be toxic for dogs due to the fluoride content. Make sure you always use a specialist dog toothpaste.
- Good nutrition is key: Just as in humans, a healthy and balanced diet that provides essential vitamins and minerals is key for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Try to stick to dry dog food such as Wagg’s Complete Premium Dog Food which can help to remove plaque and is better for teeth.
- Give them chews to clean teeth: An essential component in any plaque busting regime, chews help to combat dental disease. Wagg’s Dental Bites are a crunchy biscuit, specially formulated to keep dog’s teeth and gums healthy.
- Get regular check-ups: Just like people, dogs need to have their teeth checked over by a professional so make sure you schedule a regular appointment with your vet.
- Remember, it’s never too late: It’s never too late to start caring for your dog’s teeth. If you’ve never done it before, start now. Prevention is better than the cure and poor oral health can be reversed with good hygiene practices.
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