Your dog provides companionship and devotion to you without asking for much in return. In this article you´ll discover if it is really necessary to brush dogs’ teeth.
You’ll want your dog to stay around for as long as possible, so keeping him healthy is important.
The one thing most people forget about in taking care of their dogs is that their teeth also need to be taken care of. We know that wild dogs keep their teeth free from plaque because they chew on raw bones, which are a natural scraper of the plaque that also helps to remove any soft meat that may get stuck in their teeth that would normally cause bacteria to grow rapidly.
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You need to remember that your dog isn’t like a wild animal -- he needs your help from the bacteria that causes bad breath and other problems. Your dog generally eats soft canned food or small chunks of the hard food, so these aren’t going to provide him much for natural teeth care like the raw bones that wild dogs chew on.
A look at the dental anatomy of dogs shows that they are carnivores and have teeth that reflect their evolutionary history.
Keep on reading if you want to know how to brush dogs’ teeth right.
If your dog is special to you, help him out and take care of his teeth for him. The first thing you need to do is to let them chew on raw bones regularly -- at least a couple of times a week. Pork and lamb are best, beef can be too hard and cause a dog that is a hard chewer to chip teeth. Better leave some meat on the bone and submerge the meaty bone in boiling water for 5-10 seconds before feeding. Take the bone away as soon as it becomes small enough to be swallowed whole.
If the bone isn’t working, or if they just aren’t interested in chewing on bones, then you should take his mouth care into your own hands and brush them with toothpaste. You should not brush your dogs teeth with human toothpaste, as it may contain substances toxic to dogs, like xylitol and fluoride. You can find special brushes and toothpaste for your dog at the local pet store.
There are a lot of questions around brushing dogs teeth.
For example, how often to brush dogs teeth? Daily brushing is preferred, but if it’s not feasible, then brush them at least 3-4 times weekly.
More Tips on how to brush dogs teeth:
1. Scrub the teeth well and massage the gums also to provide for good circulation within his gums. Get rid of any food that gets stuck in his teeth. The hard, dry food is always better than soft food when it comes to cleaning his teeth.
2. Sodium bicarbonate (pure baking soda) and cinnamon will act as an abrasive to remove plaque and tartar from your dog’s teeth.
3. You can prepare your own homemade toothpaste. Just mix baking soda, with a 50:50 dilution of hydrogen peroxide (3%) with water, and add a drop of essential oil such as eucalyptus, rosemary or lavender.
4. If you have trouble using a toothbrush or tooth paste, try to rub virgin coconut oil on dog’s teeth and gums with your finger. Coconut oil is may effective against parasites, bacterial and viral infections, and funghi. Your dog will most probably love to eat it anyway.
Now, you may think about rawhide bone. Yes, they’ll instinctively chew on the bone and the plaque can easily be scraped off and any soft meat that may be stuck between their teeth will get loosened up before any problems can occur. Unfortunately rawhide bones can also cause digestive blockage, gastrointestinal problems, they may contain toxic chemicals and deadly poisons like arsenic and formaldehyde.
Have the vet inspect his mouth and teeth every time you take your dog in for a checkup. They can spot anything that you may have missed and they can offer advice on how to clean the teeth better or what foods you could give to your dog to naturally help clean the teeth and keep bacteria at bay. If necessary they´ll offer to do a professional dog teeth cleaning.
It’s better to brush dogs´teeth before things get out of hand and get more expensive for your pocketbook. Keep your dog around for your family for as long as you possibly can -- keeping his teeth healthy is an important issue.