Pet Health
ALL ABOUT DOGS and CATS   Resource Center for Canine & Feline Lovers

by Kirk Kerrigan

The most common disease in dogs is dental disease, in particular periodontal disease.  
However, this is one of the most preventable and treatable diseases.  Luckily, it is
possible to reduce or even prevent dental disease in dogs.  Feeding them a crunchy diet,
with appropriate chew treats and toys, as well as a
daily brushing routine will assist in
reducing or preventing this disease.  There are various options of care for any pet owner
to follow that can prevent frequent visits to a pet dental hygienist.

The use of a
soft Bristol tooth brush is always the key to keeping a dog’s mouth clean.
Creating a routine of brushing your dog’s teeth the same time in the morning can create
an awareness of it’s importance. Your dog will thank you as you remove the plaque that
many later cause health issues. You dog may require additional brushing after a meal to
prevent from any bacterial infection or food build up. It’s suggested to brush their teeth
in the morning, once in the afternoon and after dinner at night to ensure all the build up
is gone.

Never use human toothpaste for a dog, often the toothpastes created for humans have
additional chemicals that can harm the dog’s health. It is suggested to pick up tooth
paste specially created for dogs. Often the
toothpaste comes in different flavors or colors
that capture the dog’s attention. Many owners find their dogs enjoy the taste of the
tooth paste more than some frequently purchased dog foods.

Some dogs require their teeth to be brushed professionally. This is only in the case that
the dog either has not been on a routine, has dental damage that causes pain or suffers
from serious plaque build up. A dentist is able to determine the extent of damage or
health concerns associated with a particular breed at the time of a check up. Often dog
owners forget to brush the back of the dog’s teeth. The majority of build up occurs in the
back of the mouth. There are many extended tooth brushes and tooth paste options
that can assist with the cleansing of these areas.  

Therefore, in order to ensure that your dog has
healthier teeth with a sweeter smile, it is
important to undertake daily brushing. Your dog will thank you and your wallet will thank
you after not having to visit the dentist on a more frequented occasion. Providing a daily
routine is a key factor in ensuring teeth health. Owners with questions or requesting
additional assistance to start the routine are encouraged to contact their local dentist
professional for more information.

Content written by Kirk Kerrigan of
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