Why brush my dog's teeth?
Because it's about more than just oral hygiene There really is no excuse for ignoring your dog's dental care, but many dog owners do. The American Veterinary Dental Society found that 80 percent of dogs have periodontal disease before the age of 3… and that condition carries a lot of serious health risks.Without brushing, plaque builds up on your dog's teeth. It breaks off and is absorbed into the bloodstream. That can lead to blocked arteries, which causes heart disease and kidney problems. Just few years ago, the idea of brushing your dog's teeth was nearly unheard of. While it is gaining popularity, the majority of pet owners still do not brush their dogs' teeth on a regular basis.
How do I start
Easy here are a few general tips 1. Brush at least 3 times per week to get maximum benefit
2. Don't use human toothpaste unless you have taught your dog to spit! Look on the back of your toothpaste. You will most likely find a statement that it should not be ingested. This is because it contains soap. Soap creates foam, which gives people the perception that the product is cleaning but is not indicative of the cleaning power of a product (it is for marketing purposes: perception is reality). Toothpaste designed specifically for pets does not contain soap; it won't foam up; and it can be swallowed safely. Head with paste
3. Replace the toothbrush when the bristles become frayed or every 3 months, as the brush will start to harbor microorganisms.
4. Believe it or not dog toothpastes are not minty fresh. Instead they are flavored with a more palatable taste dog's like. If you want your doggy kisses to be minty fresh, then use a canine breath freshener.
5. Follow teeth brushing with praise and an award so he/she looks forward to it next time. The American Animal Hospital Association says, "proper dental care may add as much as five years to your pet's life!" It only takes about one minute. Isn't increasing your dog's life expectancy worth a few minutes per week?
Why is it so important
Good oral hygiene could add years to your dog's life Poor oral hygiene can lead to many serious health problems such as: Gum Disease According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs suffer from periodontal disease by the age of two.
Periodontal disease is caused by live, bad bacteria known as plaque. This bacteria destroys the gums and the bone structure that supports the teeth and can lead to tooth loss and multiple infections. Infections can start in the mouth due to bad oral hygiene.
These infections not only cause bad breath, but they can also spread to other areas of the body causing respiratory problems, lung and brain infections, and many other health problems. Heart Disease can be exacerbated due to plaque and tartar build-up. Eventually the build-up will break off and can be absorbed into the blood stream, increasing inflammation in the arteries and leading to an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke.