Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tools for the Teeth!



We are so busy with our own periodontal care, trips to the Dentist, teeth whitening, gum care and flossing that we forget that our pet’s teeth are of great importance too.. until we smell that breath! MAN! What did he eat?

Your dog probably won’t LOVE having their chompers brushed but it really is a necessity, especially if he has yucky breath. With repetitive care and brushing he might actually start to like it.

If you are not able to have your Vet clean their teeth (which is the most recommended way), learn how to brush your dog's teeth yourself. A quick brushing a couple of times a week is far better than nothing at all.

You will need the correct tools before you start the dog teeth brushing experience:
  • A pet toothbrush ~ there are many to choose from-ones with finger attachments, ones with extra fancy handles and bristles , you can just use a gauze sponge if you want.
  • Pet Toothpaste~ Maybe a poulty flavored toothpaste or something a bit sweet or just plain old Baking Soda will work. Don’t use human toothpaste.
  • Go ahead and prepare for clean up with the washcloth and towel because it can get messy.
There are pet care sets available like Kissable dog toothpaste and toothbrush that will include both items needed, all in one. 

Feeding your dog dry dog food or hard dog biscuits everyday and provide a hard toy or bone to chew on will help with odor and will help prevent periodontal disease and other infections and gum diseases. Certainly a dog mint or two every now and then won’t hurt either!

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