Dog teeth are not discussed that often. I bet you want to know how to maintain that beautiful doggy smile, huh?
We’ve all seen those fading yellowish dog teeth. If you think about it, you’ve probably seen some dogs with pristine white teeth as well.
Tips for Brushing Dog Teeth
Who in the world brushes their dog’s teeth? Well, believe it or not, a lot of devoted owners do!
Brushing your pet’s teeth will be difficult at first; your pooch isn’t going to understand why you are putting things in his mouth (after all, that isn’t natural). However, with enough positive/ desirable reinforcement, treats and praise, your little Fido is going to look forward to teeth brushing time soon enough! Stick with it, and brushing your dog’s teeth will soon turn into a bonding experience that your dog will love!
- Human toothpaste isn’t safe for pets; make sure you research an approved product!
- Consider specially designed treats to promote good oral health!
- Purchase special brushes for brushing your dog’s teeth
Consult Your Veterinarian!
Veterinarians are doctors of veterinary medicine, having gone through extensive schooling, and are no less qualified to work with animals in their specialized field (small animals, dogs, cats, large animals, horses, cattle, reptiles, etc.) than human doctors are with other human patients. These guys are far more valuable than many people think; their advice unfortunately often going unheeded.
Your vet knows what’s going on! Don’t take their opinions and advice for granted. Before you dismiss your Veterinarian, remember who went through intense schooling for an outrageous amount of time.
Dog’s aren’t known for their fresh breath, but beware of abnormally bad breath. This could be a strong sign something isn’t right; consult your Veterinarian.
During a dental exam, your Veterinarian probably will:
- Ask for your pet’s medical history
- Ask if you’ve noticed anything abnormal with dog teeth
- Conduct a pretty thorough exam (though it may not seem that way to you, they know exactly where to check and what to look for)
- Check your pooch’s gum line and inside of the mouth for any redness, inflammation, or other abnormal signs
- Look for any damaged teeth or abnormalities
Your Pet Won’t Eat
So, you’re experiencing problems with your pooch’s eating habits? Don’t ignore this. Sure; it might not be a big deal. Or your pet might be suffering from Gastrointestinal problems, dental problems, or a range of other possibilities.
When you take your pooch in, the vet will check your dog’s teeth (just like a regular dental exam), as well as check for any intestinal sounds or other abnormal symptoms. Again, it may not look like they are doing much to you, but veterinarians make their examination procedures look very natural.
Consider switching to a ‘wet food’ as opposed to your everyday dry kibble. Your veterinarian will most likely make the same suggestion (after ruling out other obvious causes). If your pup doesn’t want to chew food because it may be uncomfortable, here is your immediate answer.
Your veterinarian will be able to suggest foods that are proven healthy for dog teeth. If you would rather research for yourself, here is a comprehensive list of 5 star wet dog foods.
Don’t remove your puppy’s’ teeth; their ‘baby teeth’ should fall out on their own around 7 months. This usually happens without consequence.
Like our ‘Wisdom Teeth’, sometimes a puppy’s teeth don’t completely fall out. The effect is very similar to us; except that dogs don’t brush the extra bits of food that accumulate between these ‘retained teeth’ and adult teeth (leading up to the accumulation of bacteria). Bacteria equals eventual problems, like gum disease or decay.
Anyone who has grown up with an ‘impacted tooth’ knows it is pretty painful. The same situation isn’t pleasurable for dogs, either.
Veterinarians will usually check and fix any issues in this area when performing routine examinations. Of course, then there are the puppy mill breeders who don’t bother to deal with the ‘expense’ of properly caring for their dogs, and the many dog owners out there who simply never go to the vet.
Beware when choosing to ‘purchase’ a dog from a pet store or via the internet.
To really get in there and thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth, they will be anesthetized. Though you can ‘train’ your pooch to tolerate a brushing for the reward he will undoubtedly receive afterward, inserting tiny, sharp objects to really get down into the ‘nitty gritty’ isn’t really a wakeful option.
Very few Veterinarians are going to willingly stick small, sharp instruments inside your dog’s mouth unless they are completely confident their hands (and the animal’s mouth) are 100% safe.
- Though there are always potential dangers behind anesthesia, occurrences are becoming more and more rare.
- Before even recommending anesthesia, your vet will conduct a series of ‘pre screening’ tests to assure safety.