The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : How to Care for Your Dog’s Teeth

Saturday, July 9, 2011

How to Care for Your Dog’s Teeth

Just like humans, dogs teeth are prone to plaque buildup, and when allowed to combine with saliva and residual food between the tooth and gum, plaque turns to tartar. If plaque and tartar are not removed routinely by your veterinarian, they may cause gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums most commonly caused by the accumulation of food particles in the crevices between the gums and the teeth.

The most common signs of oral disease are:
Yellow and brown tartar buildup
Bad breath
Red inflamed gums
Difficulty chewing
Change in eating habits
Pawing at the mouth

Never use human toothpaste on dogs! You can purchase a tooth brush and special flavored toothpaste for dogs. Most Vets will tell you to brush your dog’s teeth every day, if not possible, than at least once a week.


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