As with any creature, great oral health is vital to the overall health of the dog. Brushing your dog’s teeth regularly will not only prevent bad breath but could also reduce the probability of severe health issues, like abscesses. Worryingly, bacteria from an abscess can easily travel through the body and affect the heart, kidneys, liver, liver, and brain through the bloodstream. For this reason, the dental health of your pet must be cared for correctly. 

Outcomes of Poor Dental Care

Unlike people, dogs seldom have cavities. Instead, the most frequent issues in a canine mouth are gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums, and plaque, which can be a build-up of bacteria caused by food debris between the teeth and along the gum line. Of course, as mentioned above, this can lead to an abscess, which can have extremely harmful and even deadly effects.

Evidently, brushing, which will help to remove plaque, is the best step to prevent these potential health problems.

Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

It is highly advisable to begin brushing your dog’s teeth from early puppyhood, partly because it will let him, or her, to eventually become accustomed to the action, but also because it is a good idea to be mindful of your pet’s dental health from the very beginning.

You will find toothbrushes specifically designed for puppy use, which you can find in most pet stores. But a soft-bristled kid’s brush will work equally as effectively. Human toothpaste, but shouldn’t be used to the dog. Canine toothpaste can be purchased from pet shops or your regional veterinary office.

Some dogs are reluctant to allow their teeth to be brushed, thus the need to instruct them to be managed in this manner from a young age. When training your dog, begin with small steps, for example opening his, or her, mouth. Be sure to provide lots of praise for letting you do this. Then, start cleaning the sides of the teeth, again lots of praise ought to be awarded. If your dog is comfortable, raise the region and amount of time spent brushing. If, at any stage, your dog becomes distressed, stop and let him, or her, calm down before starting again.

It is a good idea to pay special attention to your dog’s upper back teeth, as these will offer the first indication of plaque build-up.

Dental Care Treats

Crunchy treats, and those specially designed to improve the dental health of your dog, are fantastic for removing food from between the teeth and making teeth healthy. Typically, crunchy foods are better for the pet’s dental health compared to soft, canned, or pouched foods, which means you could like to add a mixer to moist food. Instead, make sure that your pet includes a crunchy treat after each meal.

Prophylaxis

Prophylaxis is a comprehensive cleaning that is done under an anesthetic. A veterinarian will require X-rays, examine each tooth carefully and remove any abscessed or infected ones. Then, the teeth and gums are thoroughly cleaned.

Additionally, older dogs are likely to experience problems with their gums and teeth and may require prophylaxis. However, since prophylaxis requires an anesthetic, and anesthetic consistently carries risk, it shouldn’t be used as an alternative to regular brushing and dental hygiene in the house.

Although your dog might not like it, you must clean his, or her, or teeth regularly. If you are having trouble with training your dog to take brushing, seek the assistance of a vet or an obedience trainer.

Comprehensive Dental Care for Cats & Dogs

Good oral hygiene is essential to the overall health of your cat or dog. And routine professional dental care is critical to maintaining that. But many pets do not get the oral hygiene care they need to stay healthy and joyful.

At our Santa Clarita veterinary clinic our vets are pleased to offer complete dental care to your pet. This ranges from fundamentals such as teeth whitening, dental exams, and tooth polishing, to surgeries and x-rays.

Valencia Veterinary Center provides both preventative and restorative dental hygiene through checkups, pet dental cleaning, and operations for cats and dogs in the Santa Clarita area. Visit our website for more details.