Ten Step’s to Your Dog’s Dental Health!

Humans are not the only ones who need to have Dental
Hygiene, it is important to take care of a dog’s teeth as well. By brushing
your dog’s teeth, providing a healthy diet and plenty of chew toys it can help their
oral hygiene.

Here are 10 steps to help your dog’s dental health! Also, don’t forget The Bregman Vet Group offers different dental services for your pets! Call any of our locations today for more information! 
  1. The Breath Test– A dog’s breath is not predominantly a fresh
    smell, but if the breathe is more offensive and you see the dog not eating, or
    excessive drinking or urinating, take the dog to the vet.
  2. Lip Service– About once a week face your dog to you and lift
    the top lip and exam the gums. The gums should be pink, not white or red and
    should not have any swelling.  There
    should be no signs of brownish tartar and have clean teeth.
  3. Signs of Oral Disease– If your dog have a problem with their
    mouth or gastrointestinal system, get them checked out by a veterinarian.  Bad Breath, Excessive drooling, inflamed
    gums, tumors in the gums, cysts under the tongue and loose teeth. All of these
    signs could be signs of an oral disease your dog could encounter.
  4. The Lowdown on Tooth Decay– Regular teeth cleanings help
    prevent any bacteria and plaque that can cause builds up on a dog’s teeth. 
  5. Canine Tooth– Brushing Kit- Ask your vet for toothpaste made
    just for dogs, human tooth paste should not be used on dogs, and it can cause
    upset stomach. Get a tooth brush just for dogs or wrap a clean piece of gauze
    around your finger. 
  6. Brightening the Pearly Whites– In order for the tooth
    brushing process to be easier on you and the dog, first try to massage their
    lips with her finger in a circular motion to get them adjusted to the feeling.
    Once the dog feels comfortable start easing toothpaste on their lip to get used
    to the taste. The next thing to do after you have introduced the brush and
    toothpaste is to put it all together and gently start brushing the teeth.
  7. Brushing Technique– To keep the dog still and not go crazy
    during this exercise, place the brush at a 45 degree angle and clean in a small
    circular motion. Work on one area at a time and don’t fight any areas they
    won’t let you do. Once the dog is adjusted to this process start to clean them
    2-3 times a week.
  8. Know Your Mouth Disorders– Know the types of mouth problems
    that are out there so if your dog may come across one you know to go a
    vet.  Look out for problems like,
    periodontal disease gingivitis, halitosis swollen gums, proliferating gum
    disease, mouth tumors, salivary cysts and canine distemper teeth. If you see
    any symptoms of these bring your canine to the vet.
  9. Chew on This– Talk to your vet about what kind of chew toys
    are best for your dog, they can satisfy the dog’s natural instinct to chomp on
    something while making the teeth strong.
  10. Diet for Healthy Teeth– Keep your dog on a particularly formulated
    dry food that can help slow down any tartar or plaque.

If you learn these tips and start to use them on your
canine, you will help their oral hygiene and better their mouth! 

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