Dog Teeth Brushing Guide – part 2
In the previous article in this series Dog Teeth Brushing Guide, we looked at how to choose the right tooth brush, tooth paste and rinse as well as some tooth brushing techniques. Today let’s discuss in more details how often you need to brush dog’s teeth, how to train your dog to like it and review other dog dental care items.
Certainly, the more often you brush the better. Always aim for daily dental care for your dog, just as you aim for daily dental care for yourself. The hardest thing about home dental care for dogs is just getting started. Once you have done it for a while, it just becomes part of your daily routine. If you cannot brush daily, brushing every other day will remove the plaque before it has time to mineralize. This will still have a positive effect on your dog’s oral health.
Try to developed a habit of brushing your dog’s teeth after you done brushing yours. Talk to your dog, through the procedure, praise the dog when you are done, and then give a treat to chew on. After a while when the dog will hears you brushing your teeth, it will come come into the bathroom wagging, and will be waiting for its turn.
Other dental care items
- Water-piks: A water-pik-type dental system has been developed for dogs. It works on the same principle as similar devices for people. Chlorhexidine is added to the water to kill the bacteria in the mouth, and the water stream removes the plaque. This may be especially useful for some pets with gum disease, who bleed from the gums if a brush is used.
- Food: Studies show that hard kibbles are slightly better at keeping plaque from accumulating on the teeth. Avoid feeding dogs table scraps or sweet treats because they can increase the build-up of plaque and tartar, and can lead to other health problems.
- Toys: Mechanical removal of plaque can be accomplished by using dental toys, rope toys or rawhide chips. Do not use toys that are abrasive and can wear down the teeth. If your dog is a very aggressive chewer, choose toys that are not so hard that he could possibly break a tooth on them. You may need to look for toys he cannot get his mouth around. Rawhide or other chews that soften as the dog chews are another option. Always supervise your dog when he is chewing on a toy.
- Treats: There are some dental chews on the market that are specifically designed to help control plaque and tartar buildup. Look for dental chews accepted by your local veterinary clinic.