Canine Dental Health Care at Home

Dogs require a proper canine dental care to prevent the frequent problems that may occur. You can perform teeth cleaning at home and you can also make sure that your dog doesn't have plaque deposits, by providing him with chew treats and suitable chew toys.

Canine Teeth Brushing

Dogs require teeth brushing. Plaque can develop after meals and if it's not removed, in 2 to 3 days, it will mix with the minerals in the saliva and form a thick film of tartar. Tartar is just the beginning of dental problems in dogs. In time, the dog can develop gum disease, tooth infections or periodontal disease.

If possible, start the brushing when your pet is a puppy. You can find pet toothbrushes and toothpaste in pet stores.

You have to have patience when you start brushing your dog’s teeth. He may reject or bite the brush. You should start with using your finger and a pea sized drop of toothpaste. Rub the paste on your dog’s teeth, and he should enjoy this, as the paste has a meat or fish flavor. After your dog gets used to the finger cleaning, you can replace the finger with the brush. Use circular moves and make sure to cover all the teeth.

You can also buy a mouth rinse, which can also prevent deposits of plaque.

Due to the fact that a complete brushing of all the dog’s teeth is nearly impossible, as the dog may not allow you to brush the back teeth, you should also opt for additional plaque removal options such as chew treats and toys.

Dental Chew Treats

The dental chew treats will get rid of plaque deposits from your dog’s teeth, will remove bad breath and will also strengthen the teeth. Ask your vet to recommend a few chew treats that are suitable for your dog’s size and teeth.

Dental Health Chew Toys

Dogs like to chew, and your dog probably has a lot of toys he chews on. You can use these to your dog’s advantage by providing dental chew toys. These chew toys are created especially for canines, and will scrape off the plaque deposits, making it hard for tartar to develop and preventing other dental health complications.

Essential Diet

The diet of the dog plays an essential part in the maintenance of a healthy mouth. Dry dog food will keep the plaque away and will also give strength to the dog’s teeth. If your dog needs to have a wet diet, you should alternate the wet diet with a few portions of dry food per week, or offer at least a daily chew treat and chew toys.

Besides the dental health care you provide at home, remember that your dog also needs a professional cleaning once per year, which is performed under anesthesia. This will clean even the back teeth that are less accessible when brushing.