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    

Your Guide to Dog Dental Health Month

Posted by Dawn Donaldson


February is officially here, which means that in addition to Valentine’s and Presidents’ Day, it’s also Pet Dental Health Awareness Month. While everyone knows that they should personally floss more often, it’s easy to forget just how important dental health is for dogs. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 80% of dogs show signs of oral disease by the age of three.


Since everyone wants their beloved pets to be healthy and happy for as long as possible, dental health is something to take very seriously. Given that only 14% of dogs receive dental care at the vet’s office, it’s safe to say that there’s a lot of room for improvement. So with that goal in mind, Dog Day Every Day wants to cover some of the things you can do to help your dog maximize its dental health:


Understand the Signs of Dental Disease


Taking care of your dog starts by understanding the signs that there’s something which needs to be addressed. Bad breath, loose or discolored teeth, teeth covered in tartar, drooling, dropping food from the mouth or your dog not being comfortable with having its mouth touched are all potential signs of dental disease. Bleeding from the mouth, loss of appetite or loss of weight are often signs of more serious oral health problems.


Take Your Dog for a Dental Exam


Even if you haven’t noticed any of the signs covered above, it’s still a good idea to take your dog for an annual dental exam. Giving a vet an opportunity to look in your dog’s mouth will ensure that any potential issues are noticed so that they can be properly addressed.


Start Brushing and Chewing


While it’s important to have a medical professional check out your dog’s teeth, gums and mouth, you can make the biggest impact by committing to a consistent brushing schedule. If you have any questions about how often you should brush (once a week is the rule of thumb but can vary), what type of toothpaste to use or the best dental chews to give your dog, don’t hesitate to ask your vet for guidance.


Schedule Dental Cleanings


When you visit the dentist, they’re always able to clean your teeth despite the fact that you brush at least twice a day. The same is true for dogs. In addition to consistent brushing at home, it’s important to schedule dental cleanings on a regular basis so that your dog's mouth can be completely cleaned out and prevent any issues with tartar build-up.


By putting these dental health habits into practice for your dog during February and then continuing to make them a priority throughout 2016, you can ensure that your dog has the healthiest year possible!