Teeth play a larger part in the culture of airs than one may think. In Japan, women cover their mouth when laughing in order to elude the stigma attached to unattractive teeth. Americans, although infamous for their perception of the British smile, are noted domestically and internationally for being more concerned with oral aesthetics than with dental health.
Modern dog owners are notably investing more care into their pet's diet, fitness and all round health so when research warns us that we could catch gum disease from our dogs, we wonder why are their teeth and gums being overlooked?
It's worth keeping an eye on this as part of your routine because poor oral hygiene can lead to further health problems and in most cases will cause severe discomfort for any dog, which can in turn, result in weight loss and malnutrition, especially if the dog finds it painful to chew and eat.
Some dental problems may be a result of genetic manipulation and breeding. Some miniature dogs, for example, may have tooth problems from birth due to having the same number of teeth as a large dog being crammed into their smaller jaws. Other dogs develop dental problems as they age. Whatever the cause, help your dog in the dental department by cleaning his teeth twice weekly and following some of these suggestions.
1. Accustom your dog to having his teeth cleaned early in life. Make the session a game and reward your dog with a tartar-control treat.
2. Two types of teeth-cleaning products exist that fit over the pet owner's fingertips. One is a rubber device a little larger than a thimble with tiny rubber spikes on it. The other has an actual brush on it so that you can brush your dog's teeth, using only tooth- paste that is intended for dogs. The brush can be sterilized in a microwave oven after each use.
3. If you prefer to use an actual brush, use a soft toothbrush meant for a baby or if your dog has a small mouth, consider using a smaller brush such as an eyebrow brush. The smaller bristles will fit more easily and be less uncomfortable for your dog.
4. Seek advice from experts on ways to keep your dog calm. This video gives some great tips from a veterinary expert.
5. If your dog has bad breath, it could signal the sign of disease. Have your dog checked by a vet for peace of mind. To help reduce bad doggie breath, purchase products intended to make your dog's breath smell better.
6. Keep your dog's dental health in check by booking regular appointments with your vet to check. It's all about peace of mind and since your dog can't tell you if anything's wrong, a regular check up will keep any issues at bay.
What are your special tricks and techniques cleaning your dog's teeth? Let us know, we'd love to hear from you and your advice could help another dog owner!