by Karen Bates
(last updated August 8, 2011)
When it comes to owning a dog, there are various things you must do to keep your canine pal happy and healthy. Many of these are obvious tasks, like feeding, washing, going for walks, and regular vet visits. But other parts of dog care may go forgotten, and not paying attention to these things may lead to poor health over time.
One aspect of dog care that many people overlook is the need to keep a dog's teeth clean. Although some things, such as eating dry kibble or chewing on bones and rawhide treats, can help reduce plaque buildup on a dog's teeth, these teeth require a little more attention now and then. One of your options is to take your dog to a vet to have its teeth cleaned every year or so, but this can become a costly habit. Plus, waiting too long to treat a dog's teeth may mean health issues for the dog that aren't noticed until later on. Instead of paying the vet to remove buildup on your dog's teeth, try staying on top of the problem by doing things yourself to reduce tooth problems for your dog.
One of the best things you can do for your dog is to brush its teeth regularly. Doing this at least once a week can make a big difference for your dog's oral health, and will also reduce bad breath problems. There are a few options available when it comes to brushing a dog's teeth. You can use a toothbrush that is similar to a human toothbrush to brush away build-up. You can also try a finger tooth brush if that is better for your situation. These brushes fit on your finger and have rubber bristles that you can use to scrub your dog's teeth. By having this small brush on your finger, you can easily maneuver in your dog's mouth to reach all of its teeth.
When brushing a dog's teeth, be certain that you are using a toothpaste that is made especially for dogs. Human tooth paste may be harmful to your dog, so be sure you use the correct kind. To brush your dog's teeth with dog toothpaste, place a small amount of the toothpaste on the toothbrush, then proceed to clean your dog's teeth.
By brushing your dog's teeth often, you can keep them clean and healthy. This will help you to avoid health problems and a large vet bill later on.
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