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Keeping your dog's mouth healthy is very important to their overall health and well-being. As a result of poor oral hygiene, plaque and tartar build up on the gums and teeth of your dog, which leads to the development of periodontal disease as a result. Periodontal disease, in addition to tooth decay and gum disease, also leads to heart, kidney, and liver disease, which can be fatal for your dog if left untreated. The best way to prevent periodontal disease in your pet is to brush their teeth regularly. Read more about Keeping Your Dog's Mouth Healthy
Periodontal Disease in Pets
Over 85% of dogs and cats in Australia will have some form of oral disease by the age of four. What a crazy percentage! What's even more incredible is that it's so simple to prevent periodontal disease from developing. As humans, we are taught at an early age to brush our teeth twice a day, every day. Imagine how simple that is now that it's a part of your daily routine. Taking care of your dog's oral health is just as easy once you develop the habit.
Supplies for Brushing Your Dog's Teeth
To brush your dog's teeth, you'll need some supplies. A dog-friendly toothpaste is the first thing you need. Human toothpaste often contains an ingredient called xylitol that is toxic to dogs, and this is why you should not use it on your dog. Dog toothpaste is also generally not minty flavored, but rather comes in more appealing flavors such as beef or chicken. Check out our dog toothpaste range here.
After choosing a toothpaste for your dog, it's time to choose the best toothbrush. A pet toothbrush differs from a human toothbrush in that it usually has two sets of bristles, so you don't have to move it around and just brush the teeth! Try using a rubber finger brush such as Dentipet Finger Toothbrush if your dog doesn't like having a toothbrush in his mouth.
When it comes to brushing your dog's teeth, it can sometimes take a while to get them used to it, so it's important to start out slowly. Start by introducing them to the taste of toothpaste, and then slowly increase it. Before you attempt to brush your dog's teeth, reward him for letting you touch near his nose and mouth since many dogs do not like to be touched on the face. When you use a toothpaste that your dog enjoys, they will get used to having their teeth brushed over time.
It's okay if your dog refuses to let you brush their teeth, there are still other things you can do to help improve their oral health. Try feeding your dog Oravet Dental Chews or the ever-popular Greenies Dental Treats. Water additives such as Prozym RF2 Solution or Aquadent Fr3sh Solution work by preventing bacteria from adhering to your dog's teeth if your dog does not enjoy treats. If your dog's teeth need cleaning but they won’t tolerate a toothbrush, why not give Maxi/Guard Oral Wipes a try?
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