How do you know your dog needs his teeth brushed?
Dogs need clean and shiny teeth, just like people do! There are several signs your dog could benefit from some scrubbing of his chompers. One big indicator is bad breath. If your dogs breath starts to smell bad, ask him to open wide, and take a look at his teeth.
Another indication your dog may have problems with his teeth is any change in his eating habits or discoloring of his teeth. If he’s in a lot of pain, he may even paw at his face. If your dog doesn’t require dental care from a vet, you may be able to head off expensive medical bills by starting to regularly brush your dog’s teeth.
How to start brushing their teeth?
It’s best to start brushing your dog’s teeth when he is a puppy. If you start the routine when the dog is young, he is more likely to accept it and adapt to the process. But if your dog is older, you may have to actually teach an old dog a new trick. When you start brushing his teeth, keep the sessions short.
As your dog gets older, and accepts the tooth brushing, you can extend your brushing sessions, making sure to get all the teeth.
How to prevent future problems?
When considering how to reduce doggie dental necessities for the future, there are other ways to reduce tartar build up. Dry food is better for overall tooth health than wet food. As the dog chews, the dry kibble breaks up and scrubs the teeth as the dog chews.
Wet food tends to stick to the teeth and involves no scrubbing action. Between meals, you can give your dog chew toys that are designed to scrub the dogs teeth as he chews. This also has the added benefit of distracting your dog and possibly preventing him from chewing on your furniture.