When adopting a dog, they become part of your family, so of course, you want the absolute best for them in every aspect! We can all agree that we want our dogs to be happy, having fun, and of course, healthy. One thing to keep track of is your dog's teeth. Us humans take care of our teeth by brushing them, going to the dentist, etc. It's your job as a pet parent to help your dog with their teeth... Thankfully, there are many ways to do just that! To help keep your dog's teeth healthy, try making sure they always have access to a quality toothbrush, as well as regularly chewing on natural hard chew toys with high-quality ingredients. In this blog, we're going to go over some of our best advice when it comes to dog's dental hygiene. So, without further ado, here are four tips to remember when it comes to caring for your dog's teeth!
Schedule Regular Cleanings
As humans, we regularly get cleanings at the dentist... Well, there's no reason your dog shouldn't be able to, too! (Just not at the human dentist's office, of course...) One of the best ways to maintain your dog's oral health is by taking advantage of regular examinations and cleanings. Now, don't worry, you're not expected to be the one examining their teeth - we know how difficult that can be! Scheduling an appointment with their vet is always recommended.
Frequent dental hygiene for dogs can help prevent some serious problems that might otherwise develop into something more expensive down the road, such as gum disease. Gum disease in dogs is very serious as it can cause bad breath, red gums, and tooth loss. So, it's essential for your dog to have their gums and soft tissues looked at by a veterinarian at least once every 6-8 weeks – this means not only visual evaluation of the teeth but also their mouth. Their vet will be able to see signs of gum disease and other issues that may have occurred in your dog's mouth. If your pet is suffering from gum disease, make sure you are getting them the proper treatment!
Brushing our own teeth is simple, but we'll be admit that brushing your dog's teeth is definitely not the easiest task! However, at-home dental care is another crucial component in maintaining your dog's oral health. It's a great way of decreasing tooth plaque and keeping their teeth healthy. Daily brushing of the teeth can help keep harmful bacteria from building up and causing periodontal disease. The bacteria that cause these conditions can accumulate on the teeth within only 24 to 36 hours, so it's important to brush on a regular schedule or as many times per day as possible. It's important to note that you should never use your own toothpaste on your furry friend - there are special toothpastes for dogs, so make sure to check those out. (Most dog toothpaste comes in meat flavors, which we're sure they'd enjoy more than the minty ones that humans typically use!)
Feed Your Dog Appropriately
This is one of, if not the most important tips on helping to keep your dog's teeth healthy. Feeding your dog a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates, as well as providing them with plenty of fresh water, is crucial in preventing plaque buildup and tartar formation on their teeth. Dogs that are fed a diet high in carbohydrates are more likely to have dental problems due to the sugar content in those foods. High carbohydrate diets can cause the bacteria on the teeth to increase, while proteins can help to slow down the process.
We always recommend feeding your dog organic food. By feeding your dog organic ingredients, you always know exactly what they're eating and it will help to give you peace of mind to know that they're eating food that is good for them and their overall health.
Give Treats That Promote Oral Health
We mentioned that we always recommend feeding your dog organic food... Well, that goes for organic dog treats, too! There are a lot of dog treats on the market designed to keep your dog's teeth and gums cleaner. This is where we come in! Here at Lord Jameson, we have tons of delicious healthy dog treat flavors for your furry friend to enjoy. Whether they're a big fan of peanut butter, strawberries, coconuts, beets, etc, we have something for all breeds to snack on! Our treats are soft in form, so you won't have to worry about them accidentally cutting your dog's mouth or your dog breaking a tooth while chewing the treat.
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Conclusion of Four Ways to Take Care of Your Dog's Teeth
Hopefully, you found these tips on how to care for your dog's teeth to be simple and effective! As long as the appearance of your dog's teeth is healthy, their diet should provide plenty of healthy ingredients to maintain their oral health. Always make sure you are checking the ingredients in dogs' food to make their teeth healthy.
We hope we were able to give you some insight on how to brush your dog's teeth and how often you should get them checked out by a veterinarian. If you have any comments, please feel free to send us a message on Instagram @LordJameson!
Thank you so much for reading and best of luck to you and your furry friend!