Because February is National Pet Dental Health Month and we want to help spread awareness about this topic, we’re going to share 8 reasons why it's very important to take care of dog’s teeth:
1. Healthy teeth mean your dog is going to have better breath and can give you pup kisses without a bad smell.
2. It’s possible for dogs to have retained baby teeth. It’s also common for these type of teeth to cause problems. The issue that arises is some of a dog’s adult teeth come in before all of their baby teeth fall out. The complications this can lead to include tartar buildup and gum irritation.
3. Dental disease doesn’t only affect a dog’s health. It can also result in long-term problems with major organs, including the heart.
4. One of the reasons it’s so important to spread awareness about this issue is 80% of dogs over the age of 3 years have some form of periodontal disease. Plaque buildup is a leading cause of this type of disease, which is why it’s crucial to get regular checkups and cleanings from a dental health professional.
5. Since oral health is a reflection of a pet’s overall health, staying on top of this issue can help protect your dog from a variety of other potential health problems.
6. Dogs are quite good at hiding pain. This can be true for issues with their teeth. So you can’t depend on your pet to give any hints that there’s a problem with its teeth. Instead, you need regular dental checkups to spot any potential or existing problems.
7. It is possible for dogs to lose their adult teeth as a result of oral health issues. Since losing teeth can be painful and cause health problems, it’s not something you want your pet to experience.
8. Even if a dog doesn’t lose its teeth, they can wear out. Dogs often put a lot of strain on their teeth. Having a relationship with an experienced dental professional will allow this issue to be addressed before it becomes a major problem.
Tips for Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth
The best starting point for taking care of your dog’s teeth is to collaborate with your vet. Once that process is on the right track, you can support those efforts by regularly brushing your dog’s teeth at home. It’s important to get a toothbrush designed specifically for pups.
A double-headed brush is a great choice because it will allow you to brush at a forty-five-degree angle and clean below your pet's gum line. You’ll also want to be sure to only use a toothpaste made specifically for dogs, as the fluoride found in almost all human toothpaste, can actually be very toxic to pets.
By making dental care a priority for your dog, you can ensure it stays very happy and healthy