Dental Hygiene is very important for your pups. We understand that keeping up with brushing your pups teeth isn’t always easy, especially if they don’t particularly enjoy the process. We are guilty of being a bit to lax with this ourselves even though Oshie loves it..well he loves the toothpaste that is.
So why is it so important to brush a dogs teeth? Here is a short list of the benefits.
- Regular brushing will help prevent tartar, plaque and calculus build-up.
- Brushing helps prevent gingivitis and gum disease.
- It is a great opportunity to check your pups mouth for any problems. (broken teeth and etc.)
- You get to spend more time bonding with your dog 🙂
Periodontal disease (gum disease in dogs) is commonly seen when a dogs reach three years of age. Left untreated this infection can result in heart, kidney and liver problems for your pup. Dogs can also be in a significant amount of pain due to dental problems like abscessed teeth and you would never know it because they don’t shows signs of pain like we do.
So remember to regularly brush your pups teeth to keep them happy, healthy and free from pain. Also have your vet check your pups teeth during regular check-ups. (Usually included in a check-up)
If your pup doesn’t enjoy having their teeth brushed as much as Oshie (see video below), you might need to start of slowly. Use your finger at first instead of a brush. Allow them to get used to it and eventually work your way to a brush. Also try to make it fun and use a doggie toothpaste that they like. If all else fails, consult your pups Vet.