Keep Your Dogs Teeth Healthy
by: Marilyn Pokorney
Dogs get plaque and tartar on their teeth
just like humans do. Cleaning your dogs teeth
between professional cleanings is very simple.
Keeping your dogs teeth and gums clean will
eliminate "doggy breath" as well as keep your
Most veterinarians suggest twice a week
brushings. When brushing teeth, use baking
soda or a special toothpaste formulated for
dogs, not toothpaste for humans. Pet
toothpastes contain enzymes that help dissolve
plaque and can be swallowed. They also taste
Use a toothbrush designed for pets or small
children. Or just use gauze or a washcloth if
the pet doesn't like the brush.
Tooth brushing is best but if the dog won't
let you brush it's teeth then giving it
something to chew that rubs on the sides of
the teeth is useful.
Although dogs do not usually get cavities
in their teeth, tooth problems result from
soft foods that can leave debris in gum
pockets at the base of the teeth, known as
gingivitis. Infections form which soften and
cause the gums to recede. Bad breath is a
Tartar buildup can be removed from teeth by
rubbing with a solution of three percent
hydrogen peroxide. Advanced buildup requires
scraping with dental instruments. Some
veterinarians use ultrasonics now as well, so
the treatment is more pleasant.
For between dental visits, provide soft
chew toys made of rubber or nylon and
something made of fiber like a chew rope which
helps to wipe the teeth clean.
For more information on how to keep your
dogs teeth and mouth healthy visit:
Copyright: 2005 Marilyn Pokorney
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