With all the sweets lately, Christmas, Valentine's and now Easter upon us we make sure our teeth are good and healthy. What about your four legged friend? How are his teeth? He doesn't have hands to pick up food so his teeth are his only resource to food and eating.
There are so many products to help us having beautiful healthy teeth and regular trips to our Dentist ensure us a white smile and cavity free but not for dogs. There aren’t Dog Dentists so we have to make sure we are taking care of our best friend’s teeth!
Dogs can get food and items stuck in their teeth not to mention the bacteria/plaque can build up on the teeth and gums and can cause infections. If you do not take are of this tooth decay can set in and could enter your pet’s bloodstream. Infection can cause many health issues and even death.
Other than brushing your dog’s teeth and seeing your Vet for check-ups there are other ways to help maintain your dog’s teeth! It can keep your Vet bills down and keep a happy dog even happier!
There are special toys to help remove the decay on your pet’s teeth such as the
Kong® Stuff'n Teething Stick Combo
The TireBiter™ Bone
There are also dental wipes for dogs, not a substitute for brushing your dog's teeth. They contain chemicals that cling to the teeth and prevent plaque from converting to tartar.
There are warning signs to possible dental problems:
- The first sign of dog dental disease is bad breath, caused by a build-up of bacteria in the mouth.
- Are there discolored, broken, missing or crooked teeth?
- Check for red, swollen, painful or bleeding gums. Look for a yellowish-brown tartar crust along the gum line and for bumps or growths within the mouth.