Helping Your Dog Maintain Good Dental Health
Dogs and humans share many different things. One of those is the fact that dogs also experience dental health concerns. We have regular dentist visits to make sure our teeth and gums are of optimum health and condition. The same thing is a primary concern for our canine buddies. Yes, dogs need proper tooth and gum care because if they aren’t provided with one, they might develop all sorts of problems that not only lead to them losing teeth but also threaten their lives.
Unlike humans though, it’s a lot more difficult to maintain good dental health for dogs for the obvious reason that they don’t have the capability of telling you what the problem is. Therefore, the most effective way of ensuring good dental health is by prevention. Simply put, establish a habit of performing these three steps that will lead to keeping your dog’s mouth healthy all the time.
1 – Brush your dog’s teeth regularly.
To realize how important it is for dogs to have their teeth brushed regularly, just think of yourself not having to brush your own teeth for a week or so. But dogs don’t really need to have their teeth brushed every day, since good oral hygiene for them means brushing at least a couple of time a week. Regardless of the type of diet your pet has, there always will be buildup of plaque and tartar, which in turn could lead to gum disease, if you don’t brush their teeth.
2 – Dry food is way better when it comes to improving dental health.
It can’t be denied that wet food is what dogs really love. But the thing is while it is a lot tastier, it really does not help your dog promote good oral health. If you’re feeding them with wet food all the time, there is a tendency to fast forward the buildup of tartar and plaque. Dry food on the other hand requires them to chew and break down the food with more effort, which means the current buildup will be removed as they eat. So, it is in a way some form of brushing or cleaning of the teeth.
3 – Give them healthy treats.
Finally, look for dog treats that promote good oral health, including but not limited to dog dental chews that actually help in freshening their breath and cleaning their teeth.
At this point, you probably came to realize that it’s really easy to maintain your dog’s dental health, provided you’re willing to put in the time and effort in it; after all, if you love your pet, you’re not going to hesitate to do anything for its well-being.