This is how you take care of your dog's teeth
Most of us take it for granted to brush our own teeth morning and night. However, many people are not aware that taking care of their dog's teeth is just as important. Dogs naturally feel pain in their mouths in a similar way to us, but they don't have the same opportunity to tell us when it hurts. That's why it's important that you, as a dog owner, take good care of your dog's teeth - just like you do your own.
How you best take care for your dog's teeth
1. Learn to brush your dog's teeth regularly, preferably every day.
2. Learn how to examine your dog's mouth at home for inflammation and damage.
3. Go for regular check-ups with your vet.
Dental problems in dogs
Plaque is a coating that regularly forms on the teeth after eating. Within 24-48 hours, plaque hardens into tartar and cannot be brushed off. However, plaque can be removed by brushing, which is why daily cleaning is so important.
2. Gum inflammation
If plaque and tartar are not removed in time, it will eventually lead to gingivitis, partly because the dog's immune system reacts to the bacteria in the tartar.
3. Tooth loosening
If gingivitis is allowed to persist long enough, it goes down to the supporting tissues of the tooth, resulting in tooth loss. Eventually, the jawbone can also be affected, leading to a jaw fracture in the worst case.
In addition to a healthy mouth being important for your dog's well-being, regular dental care at home can save you many thousands of dollars. Dental-related illnesses are usually not covered by your insurance and dental work at the vet can be costly.
Check out Lassie's other dental courses where you can learn how to examine your dog's mouth, how to get your dog used to brushing and learn more about different dental diseases!