A dog’s teeth can get pretty grotty over time, what with all the bone chewing, butt licking and eating unidentifiable objects from the floor. With all the hustle and bustle of life and the tasks of feeding, grooming and exercising your dog, their teeth can often get overlooked.
A dog’s dental hygiene is very important to their overall health and regularly giving them a quick dental examination can help keep gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss at bay. The combination of food, saliva and bacteria contained in a dog’s mouth leads to plaque build-up along the gum line, which in turn hardens into a yellow-brown coating called tartar. Leave this tartar to its own devices and it can lead to a very painful health issue for your dog, called periodontal disease.
There are several products available at vets or in pet shops to help you maintain the health of your dog’s teeth, as well as a number of ways to reduce the chances of tartar build up. Read on to find out how you can remove tartar from your dog’s teeth.
Brush your dog’s teeth with a suitable tartar-control pet tooth paste as often as possible. Vets recommend around 3-4 times a week. These toothpastes come in a variety of flavours, so keep testing until you find which one your dog likes. Put an arm around your dog’s chest and brush his teeth in a circular motion along the gum line.
There are a range of specific dental treats on the market designed to help prevent and clear tartar from a dog’s teeth. Edible products include dental bones, chews and biscuits which scrub the tartar from the teeth through the dog chewing.
There are also rawhide chews available which give your dog a long lasting, teeth cleaning treat. Cowhide and horsehide chews come in all shapes and sizes, so search for one that will give your dog a good chew, without hurting his mouth.
Chew toys are a great way of removing tartar from a dog’s teeth. Things like stag bones, or hard rubber chew toys mean you can leave your dog to chew away and clean his teeth whilst you aren’t there. Of course, make sure that any chew toy you give your dog is safe and won’t splinter or break into small pieces that can be swallowed.
If your dog has a big build-up of tartar, consider changing his food to a dog dental diet. This food has larger pieces of kibble that encourages a dog to chew more before he swallows. Others have a crumbly texture which scrubs teeth clean as a dog chews.
Canned, soft and wet food is a big culprit when it comes to plaque build up. They also don’t help in removing tartar. Think about reducing the amount of wet food you offer your dog if you notice their teeth aren’t looking their best.
These are all simple, effective and easy ways to remove tartar from your dog’s mouth. Go check out your dog’s mouth now and get cracking on getting rid of that tartar!
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