There are a number of things you take care of when it comes to keeping your dog healthy: quality food, routine checkups and fitness. But, what about their teeth?
Oral hygiene is usually the most neglected aspect in your dog’s overall health. However, periodically checking and maintaining your dog’s teeth and gums is important because if left untreated, bacteria introduced by different dental problems can enter the bloodstream and affect their heart, kidneys or liver.
Veterinarians report that an estimated 85 percent of dogs over the age of 4 are suffering from some form of periodontal disease, a painful oral condition that can lead to tooth loss and infection. The good news? All of these problems are preventable with regular dental cleanings and professional checkups.
Along with day to day grooming undertaken, dental care should also be something that your pup must learn to expect each day. It’s a slow process and most dogs take some time getting used to having someone poking around their teeth. Similarly, most owners need to get accustomed to the idea, too! One would have to first introduce dental care to their dog when it’s still a puppy. However, don’t get too worried if you just realized that your adult dog’s teeth needs care. Just take a patient approach and remember that oodles of love and treats as rewards go a long way in winning them over.
Although unrealistic, most experts agree that daily brushing is ideal but, one could aim for three to four times per week.
For a better understanding of your pet’s dental care, have a look at an infographic by Petco on the complete guide to canine oral health.