Plenty of pet parents out there find the idea of brushing Fido’s teeth a bit eccentric, but good dental hygiene is important for dogs. Before the eye rolling begins, check out the facts:
Dogs can get cavities just like humans
85% of dogs over the age of 4 are affected by periodontal disease
The tartar on your dog’s teeth is about 80% bacteria (gross)
98% of dogs with bad breath are suffering from periodontal disease
You see, dental health is important to your dog’s overall health. The bacteria on your dog’s teeth can damage the gums, the bone beneath the gums and the ligaments that hold Fido’s pearly whites in place. By brushing your dog’s teeth, you also reduce the risk of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is no fun for your dog and causes oral pain, horrendous breath, and swollen, bleeding gums.
If the bacteria sitting in your dog’s mouth goes untreated it can create an infection that enters the bloodstream. This can damage vital organs, including the liver and heart. Brushing your dog’s chompers can prevent serious medical problems such as kidney disease and diabetes mellitus. The best way to protect your fur baby is to be proactive and begin a tooth cleaning regime at home.
To get started, purchase a tasty toothpaste designed especially for dogs. Today’s doggy toothpaste flavors range from beef to poultry to cool mint! The toothbrush you ultimately choose will likely be determined by your dog’s size and breed. Doggy toothbrushes are super soft and shaped a little differently than a human toothbrush. A rubber toothbrush that fits over your index finger or a dental sponge will also get the job done.
It is recommended to brush your dog’s teeth twice a week. If you’re not comfortable taking on this task, visit the Soggy Doggy Shop. The Wexford-based boutique offers a teeth cleaning service for just $10.