How To Brush Your Dog's Teeth
Have you brushed your dog's teeth today? Probably not, and no, you're not a bad dog owner. Let's learn to stop tooth decay before it starts
Have you brushed your dog's teeth today? Not many people are even aware that you do need to do this because milk bones or a similar product will not rid your dog of teeth of plaque buildup, or protect a tooth from getting a cavity.
If the thought of brushing your dog's teeth sounds a little nutty to you -- you might want to have a chat with your vet about your lovable pooch. They will probably tell you that regular oral care for your hound is just as important to its long-term well-being as it is to yours.
It's true that dog's teeth won't suffer as much damage to their teeth as a human does to theirs. The simple fact is they don't gobble down sugar or guzzle soda as most humans do. But they also can't pull out a toothpick if food gets lodged in between a couple of teeth.
So these deposits sit there festering on their in between a tooth or two until eventually getting dislodged, but the damage has been done over time and it can accumulate into something awful.
While dogs aren't eating cracker jacks or drinking a coke, you would be surprised what dogs eat when they are unsupervised outside in the yard. Believe me, any dog owner will tell you some horror stories LOL.
By the time they are 3 years old, most dogs already show signs of gum disease (also called periodontal disease). As a result, dogs may be at risk for some of the same problems that bad oral hygiene causes in people.
Truthfully dogs silently suffer from the same gum disease, tooth loss, chronic pain, and more as us humans do. They will act normal, they may even eat the same way, but they are feeling the same pain that we experience.
Most of the time many people do not realize the damage dog's do to their teeth because of the lifespan of a dog is short, compared to those of their two-legged pet owners. But, when you do come across an older dog notice how yellow their teeth are. I have yet to see any dog buying a pack of cigarettes or some chewing tobacco, that staining is from years of not having any dental hygiene.
Of course, it is never too late to start a regular dental program for your precious little pups teeth. In fact, a daily brushing will make the bond between you and your doggie even stronger.
Here are just a few of the benefits your dog will get out of the few minutes it will take to make sure your dog's teeth are their pearly white best.
We hope this video helps alleviate any fears and/or answers any questions you may have about brushing your dog's teeth.