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Importance of your Dogs’ Oral Hygiene

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A neglected mouth can lead to some serious health problems that can cause your dog a lot of pain and discomfort. Your pet’s oral hygiene is an important part of their overall health and wellbeing.

In this blog, I am going to take a look at how we are supposed to brush our dog’s teeth, how we can reduce our dog’s bad breath and things that you should look out for when you’re brushing their teeth.

There a few tips that you could follow when it comes to brushing your dog’s teeth. Take a look at these tips below to help your dog get comfortable with the process of teeth brushing.

  1. Gently let your dog get used to your hand in and around their mouths.
  2. Let your dog lick some dog-friendly toothpaste off your finger, getting them used to the taste. 
  3. Show your dog the toothbrush and allow them to get used to the different textures. However, try to refrain from allowing them to chew or bite the toothbrush, it shouldn’t be portrayed as a toy. 
  4. Brush a couple of teeth at a time. To begin the routine building brush just a few, to begin with gradually adding more as you start a routine. 
  5. Once they’re used to it, brush the outside of the teeth before slowly moving to the inside.
  6. Make sure that you keep up with this routine as it allows them to get used to the process.

Although brushing dogs teeth is an important element of healthy oral hygiene, there are different chews and treats you can get which can help to keep your dog’s mouth nice and healthy. There is a wide variety of products that you can choose from Buffalo Horns to Pedigree Dentastix. They can ensure entertainment and healthy oral hygiene.

Reducing Bad Breath:

It is important to know that besides oral hygiene, many dogs suffer from bad breath at least once in their lifetime. It is vital for you, as the dog owner, to know how to treat and change your dog’s poor oral hygiene.

Dental treats are great for keeping your dog’s breath fresh as well as their teeth clean. As they’re a treat that can be given every day, it is an easy step to help your dog stay on top of their oral hygiene.

Brushing your dog’s teeth is a great way to keep on top of your dog’s oral hygiene. It also allows you to look for anything that might be causing the smelly breath.

Bad breath can also be a sign of dental or gum disease, so don’t hesitate to visit your vet if you think your dog might be suffering from this.

Things to be aware of:

  1. Bleedings gums.
  2. Sudden change in eating or chewing habits.
  3. Red or swollen gums
  4. Pawing at face or mouth
  5. Constant nose licking
  6. Persistent bad breath

For any more information about your dog’s oral hygiene as well as what you should look for, speak to one of our experts through our Facebook page or in store!

We are always happy to help.