According to current estimates, periodontal disease, an inflammation or infection of the tissues around the teeth, affects about two-thirds of dogs over the age of three. Periodontal disease begins as gingivitis, caused by plaque, and continues to include the bone tooth sockets in many cases. Periodontal disease, if left untreated, may result in tooth loss that is both painful and disfiguring.
When is the best time to clean my dog’s teeth?
It is recommended that you wash your dog’s teeth at least twice every day, just like you do. Brushing is something that many dogs look forward to and even enjoy if it becomes a regular part of their daily routine. Brushing your teeth three times a week is the bare minimum recommended for removing plaque and preventing tartar buildup on your teeth.
Ideally, you should begin training your dog to accept dental brushing while still a puppy. Although it may take a bit longer if you have an older dog, the procedure is still well worth the time and energy you put in.
What steps do I need to take to train my dog to accept teeth brushing? How long does it take?
Making cleaning your dog’s teeth a pleasurable experience for the two of you is essential to your success in this endeavor. Make the experience enjoyable for your dog by praising him during the operation and providing comfort at each stage. Follow these steps to get the best results:
To begin with, choose a time and location that is calm.
As long as your dog is small enough, you may safely hold him on your lap with his head turned away from you. For bigger dogs, you should sit on a chair and have your dog sit alongside you so that you can easily manage his mouth and teeth while you are working.
To begin, gently stroking your finger or a soft cloth over the outer surfaces of your dog’s teeth in a back-and-forth motion is recommended, with particular attention paid to areas where the gum meets the tooth surface. Keep your tongue and teeth on the outer surfaces of your teeth to prevent getting accidentally bitten by anything. The initial few sessions should be conducted by rubbing the cloth along a few teeth rather than the whole mouth, mainly if your pet is hesitant or apprehensive about the procedure.
Once your dog is comfortable touching his teeth, you may introduce him to a bit of pet toothpaste that you are holding on your finger. It is not recommended to use human toothpaste since it is not designed to be ingested.
Once your dog has become used to the taste of pet toothpaste, add a tiny quantity to a towel and massage it over the dog’s teeth to clean them.
When your dog has been entirely used to you massaging his teeth with a towel, it is appropriate to introduce him to the usage of a toothbrush (see below).
I was wondering what kind of toothbrush I should use.
There are commercial toothbrushes available that are mainly developed for dogs, which may be purchased. These are some examples:
Angled-handled brushes, for example,
brushes with several different heads (so that you can simultaneously brush the inside, outside, and top surfaces of the tooth), meetings that are tiny and comfortable to hold in your hand, and Toothbrushes with fingernails (designed to fit over the tip of your finger).
It is permissible to use an incredibly soft toothbrush made for human infants on certain dogs.
Choosing the right toothbrush for your dog is dependent on many factors, including the size of the dog and your own skill. Many pet owners find it more convenient to use a finger brush while brushing their dog’s teeth, particularly when just starting out. If you are unsure about which touch to use, consult your veterinarian for guidance.
It is essential to brush gently and carefully, regardless of the kind of toothbrush you use, since it is possible to accidentally press the tip of the toothbrush against the gums, causing some discomfort.
Is it permissible to use human toothpaste on a pet?
No. Ingredients in human toothpaste should not be consumed since they are toxic. Taking it by mouth might result in an upset stomach or digestive difficulties if ingested. Some human kinds of toothpaste include high amounts of salt, which may cause your pet to get unwell. In contrast, others contain xylitol, which is poisonous to dogs. If you use human toothpaste on your pet, be sure to read the label.
Baking soda was suggested to me by a mutual acquaintance. Is this all right?
No. When eaten, baking soda has a high alkaline content. It may cause an imbalance in the acid-base balance in the stomach and digestive system. Because baking soda does not taste pleasant, it may lead your dog to be stubborn when you attempt to wash his teeth with it.
What is the reason for recommending pet toothpaste?
Teeth paste for dogs is available in various tastes that are palatable to them. These flavors include chicken, beef, malt, and mint. By utilizing a product that your dog likes, you may increase the likelihood that he will enjoy the whole process.
What is the proper way to clean the teeth of my dog?
To use the toothbrush, dab a tiny quantity of toothpaste onto it. Gently lift the lips of your dog’s mouth to one side of his mouth. Your free hand can be used to steal your dog’s lips in two ways: by pressing upon his upper lip with your index finger (as shown in the image) or by placing your free hand over your dog’s head and placing your thumb and index finger on opposite sides of your dog’s upper jaw to lift his lips.
To clean your dog’s bottom teeth, you’ll need to open his mouth a bit more than usual. Simply turning your dog’s head downward and holding onto their upper jaw with the thumb and index finger of your free hand can accomplish this task.
Brushing the big cheek teeth and canine teeth first can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth exposed to the most bacteria. Gradually increase the frequency with which you wash your teeth (this will probably take several days or weeks).
Unless your dog is really cooperative, you shouldn’t be concerned with cleaning the tips or the insides of his teeth. The majority of periodontal disease occurs on the teeth’ outer surfaces. In this area, you should concentrate your efforts. As an additional benefit to dogs, their tongues have the ability to remove a significant amount of plaque from their inner dental surfaces. This reduces the amount of time spent cleaning these areas.
How much time should I spend cleaning the teeth of my dog?
Try to brush for roughly 30 seconds on each side of the brushing surface.
Is there anything more I can do to keep my dog’s oral health in good shape?
It is critical to keep your dog’s oral health in good condition. Plaque is a bacterial buildup that forms on the teeth within hours of a meal or after a professional tooth cleaning. Plaque is a sticky material that starts to gather on the teeth within hours of a meal or after a professional tooth cleaning. Tartar, also known as calculus, is formed when plaque mixes with minerals found in the saliva to form tartar, also known as calculus. On the website vohc.org, you may find a list of dental goods and diets that have been approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). There has been evidence that these widely recognized products may reduce plaque and/or tartar buildup by at least 20 percent.
Is there anything else you want me to know?
Yes. Using gloves while cleaning your dog’s teeth is recommended since his mouth has a high concentration of microorganisms. It is important to properly wash your hands with soap and water after brushing your teeth if you are unable to do so adequately. Also, be sure to completely clean the toothbrush before putting it away. Replacement of the toothbrush should be done every three months, and if you have more than one dog, use a separate toothbrush for each one.