Caring for dog’s teeth and gums


Yellow teeth and bad Dog breath. Yuck!

Your dog’s mouth is not the cleanest of places, matter of fact your dog’s mouth is really kind of gross with all the tartar and bacteria that looms between those lips and gums. It’s one area that owners shouldn’t overlook and should support its condition. Tartar development on your canine’s teeth can prompt genuine medical issues, some issues can be serious. Luckily, It doesn’t take long, nor is it difficult to prevent future problems with your dog’s teeth. General applications including natural remedies can do a great job of preventing tartar build up. Taking care for your dog’s dental well being is a top priority and you will reap the rewards when your dog gives you that next kiss on the cheek or even save you some money in the future of the next veterinarian’s office visit.

Why the Fuss?

Awful microbes and bacteria begin to develop, and it won’t be long until it is utter destruction. Dental issues, such as, gingivitis, periodontal infection, abscesses or lost teeth, are casualties of tartar’s rule of dread. That, as well as it can prompt some genuinely rank dog breath! Be that as it may, teeth aren’t the main thing you need to stress over. As tartar develops along the gum line, it pushes the gums away from the teeth similar as it does with your teeth. This uncovers the foundations of the teeth and exposes the roots and they are not safe and secure anymore. Tartar also has microscopic organisms and they will hitch a ride in the blood circulation system and advance toward organs, such as, the heart, liver and kidneys. As you can imagine the results of this are not good.

Where does tartar come from and how does it form?

The thing with tartar is it doesn’t begin that way. Truth be told, it begins its grip on teeth as plaque, which begins developing within hours after a canine eats. Soon after your dog eats their food, the deposits from the food mix with the fluids from your dog’s saliva producing sticky colorless deposits called plaque that collect between teeth and where teeth and gums meet. Plaque that is not CC BY-SA 3.0, in a timely manner can harden into unsightly tartar (also called calculus). This crusty deposit creates a cohesive bond on the teeth and gums and the formation of tartar makes harder for you to remove new plaque and bacteria. As time passes and tartar continues to build and becomes hardened it creates several known dental problems such as gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay or even tooth loss.

How to prevent Plaque and Tartar build up in dogs

Brush your dog’s teeth on an everyday basis if not at the very least once a week. I know how hard that may sound. But really, if you gently introduce your dog to the brush a few times a day for a couple of days in a row they realize it’s Ok. Plus you may be surprised to how adept they are in letting you use that toothbrush. And if you have a puppy start brushing early and he will love you for it when it’s older and not give you a fuss when brushing his teeth. Always use a toothbrush made for a dog and most importantly DO NOT USE HUMAN TOOTHPASTE, it has fluoride in the paste and is poisonous to dog’s. You can buy a good toothbrush and toothpaste made for dog’s at the local pet supply or online. I have bought a few and can tell you most are made about the same way. I currently use this product when brushing my dog’s teeth and feel it is easy to use. But if Fido just won’t give in, don’t sweat it I have a few more tips to share.

Try giving your puppy or dog dental treats and toys to bite and chew on. I know you have been down the doggy aisle at your local pet supply or grocery store. There you can find a multitude of toys and dental chewies. But if you prefer to shop from home here are my favourite stores and take look at these reviews I have put together on the subject of Dental Cleaners and recommendations for the toys to avoid. The market is truly flooded with items just for cleaning up your dog’s mouth.

Is there a natural way to clean a dog’s teeth?

Enzymatic oral sprays and gels are natural remedies and ideal for dog’s who already have plaque and tartar build up on their teeth. The natural ingredients found in grape seed extract along with extracts from grapefruits are also used and I have done some research to confirm their possibilities and it seems that both are effective in reducing inflammation in the gums and may slow the process of gum disease. Bacteria and pathogens that cause gingivitis and bad breath can be fought by using several combinations of oils from plants such as peppermint, neem or thyme. All of these oil extracts have shown they are capable of breaking down the bacteria. Although I think using the peppermint to often may irritate your dog’s mouth if used excessively just like it burns your mouth if you eat too many peppermint candies. Another interesting product I came across online is the use of coconut oil. I have not personally tried the coconut oil but my thought on all of the oils is that they must have the ability to loosen up the harden tartar and allows it to break free from the tooth. The lubricating effect the oil has may also prevent the build up of plaque. I typically wear disposable rubber gloves just rub on the oils on my dog’s gum line with my finger and then gently rub the gums and teeth with a small gauze pad. The gauze pad is inexpensive and has somewhat of a abrasive property to it. Typically, especially with older dog’s you may notice some bits of tartar breaking off onto the gauze pad after a few days of application. Doing this daily will help reduce the accumulation of bacteria in your dog’s mouth and make his breath fresher.

Schedule a dental check up at your veterinary office.

Most annual assessments for your dog’s health with your veterinarian include a look through your dog’s mouth but if you’re not sure a dental exam is included in the appointment simply ask for one. Just like your teeth, your dog’s teeth should be taken care in the same manner. Scheduling an appointment to have it done is simply the best for your dog.

So whether you are able to brush your dog’s teeth or not you should have a look inside your dog’s mouth every month. Or If you notice any of these signs of dental problems, then take your dog to the veterinarian. A change in your dog’s breath can be an indicator of something more serious. If you notice a change in your dog’s eating or dog chewing habits that too may lead to a larger problem. When your dog is relaxed peel his upper and lower lips back and look for yellowish-brown tartar crust along the gum line of their mouth, tartar that has formed here may need and veterinarian to remove it with a special tool. If you see your dog constantly pawing their face or mouth it could be a recently broken or missing tooth. While you inspect their mouth look for newly formed bumps or growths within the mouth or Indications of red, swollen, or bleeding gums.. Your dog’s overall health depends on you and their dental care is just as important.


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