Dental health for your dog

 Dental health for your dog

Dental hygiene is an important part of your dog's health and general health. It is a good idea to have a basic understanding of normal dental development in dogs so that they can take care of a dog's teeth in the best way. 
Dental health for your dog



Puppies are born without any teeth. By about two or two weeks of life, the puppy begins to have its first set of teeth and has around 30 of these temporary teeth after two months. The first set of puppy teeth consists of both incisors and canine teeth, as well as premolars. These teeth begin to fall out, and they are replaced by permanent adult teeth when the dog is around 10 weeks old. 

Most of a dog's permanent teeth come at around 6 months old. During this time, many dogs experience teething pain and want to chew and nibble a variety of things to relieve the discomfort. By the time all of an adult dog's teeth come in, he will have a full set of 40 teeth. 

The 11 tiny teeth at the front of a dog's mouth are incisors. and your dog will use them to care for and remove fleas from his fur. There are also four long, pointed teeth near the front of the mouth called canine teeth, or canine teeth. These are the teeth used to tear apart large pieces of food. 

17 laughers on either side of a dog's mouth are used to cut food into smaller pieces. At the back of the dog's mouth, 13 molars aid in chewing by crushing and grinding food. 

Without proper dental hygiene, there is an an85% chance that your dog will develop some type of oral and gum complication before reaching the age of three. Gum infections and broken teeth are common problems, along with tissue irritation in a dog's mouth. Any of these problems can create bacteria that may enter your dog's bloodstream and infect vital organs, such as the heart, kidneys, lungs, or intestines. 

Your veterinarian is the best source for learning the best dental health techniques for your dog. Schedule regular dental check-ups for your dog when he is young to avoid difficulties as he gets older. Routine dental hygiene for your dog can prevent many of the common dental problems in dogs, such as tartar build-up and gum irritation, while other issues, such as malocclusion, can be caught early and treated appropriately. 

During a regular examination of a dog's teeth, the vet will usually look for evidence of tartar and examine the teeth for looseness, cavities, and other abnormalities. He or she will also check your dog's gums and palate for any unusual irritation or growth. Your dog is usually under sedation during the examination, so he cannot eat anything the night before the visit.

Sometimes, your veterinarian may suggest blood tests or a thorough medical examination before an anesthetic dental exam. This will determine any other complications your dog is suffering from, as well as ensure his safety during the upcoming procedure. If your dog is already suffering from dental problems, he may be given an antibiotic to treat any infection present and to prevent further complications. 

One of the most obvious signs of infection or illness in a dog's mouth is bad breath. This could also mean that your dog is suffering from a build-up of tartar around the gums. This build-up below the gum line produces bacteria that can lead to gingivitis and cause discomfort, in addition to other complications. 

Tooth decay is not a common problem with dogs. Their teeth are naturally shaped more pointedly, making it less likely that foods and liquids will sit on the teeth, and their saliva does not contain the acids in human saliva. Your dog's chewing reflexes also help keep his teeth fairly clean and prevent tooth decay. 

In addition to visiting your veterinarian regularly for canine dental checkups, a veterinarian can also clean and polish your dog's teeth. This procedure is usually done every two or three years. You must train your dog to let you or the vet clean their teeth without getting angry or trying to bite. Training can be time-consuming and it is best to start when your dog is young. 

You can also keep your dog's teeth clean at home between your dental checkups. There are several toothbrushes, as well as toothpaste, available today. A finger toothbrush designed for dogs is a great way to clean a dog's teeth. Similar to a baby's gumbrush for newborns, this dog toothbrush is worn on the tip of your finger. With soft bristles on the side of the finger brush, you can massage dogs' teeth, gums, and massage. 

Once your dog has become comfortable with the finger brush, you can start using a standard dog toothbrush to clean his teeth. Holding the toothbrush at a 43 ° angle to your dog's gum tissue, move the brush in a short circular motion around the gum line, then brush the tooth in a vertical motion to remove any plaque or debris of food that has come loose. Be sure to brush each tooth to prevent tartar build-up, and include this cleaning in your regular grooming routine at least twice a week. 

The toys your dog plays with and the things he eats also play an important role in your dog's dental hygiene. Some toys and foods are actually good for your dog's teeth and mouth, such as rawhide bones and rubber, plastic, and fiber toys made especially for dogs. Chewing or gnawing on soft, non-damaging items like these can promote healthy dental hygiene by helping to clean teeth. Animal bones and toys that aren't designed for dogs may be too hard on your dog's teeth and cause damage or may shatter into small fragments that can suffocate your dog. 

Tips for good dental hygiene for your dog


Start putting your fingers in your dog's mouth when he is still a puppy so that he is comfortable having his teeth cleaned. Place a small amount of flavored dog toothpaste on the tip of your finger to encourage your dog. You can train a senior dog to brush its teeth this way. Rub your finger on the sides of your dog's gums and on the front of them. 

If your dog seems uncomfortable, try placing a towel on the table or counter and sitting your dog there. This can discourage him from moving. Use the appropriate size toothbrush for your dog. Continue to use flavored toothpaste and gently brush your dog's teeth. Talk to him and soothe him if he doesn't like cleaning and only do a little bit at a time. Work slowly with your dog until he is more comfortable with the procedure. 

Use only dog toothpaste. Many of them are scented to be more attractive to your dog and they are safe to swallow. 

It is often difficult to get your dog used to a toothbrush. Try dipping an old toothbrush in a saltwater solution and let your dog chew it. Once he realizes the brush looks good, he may be more prepared to let you clean his teeth with it. 

A finger brush is another option. Dogs have an easier time adjusting to the type of cleaning, however, don't clean as well as a standard toothbrush. 

A chlorhexidine spray can be used in your dog's mouth after each cleaning to prevent bacteria from growing in the back of his mouth.
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