This is a repost from Dr. Jon's Newsletter:
Oral hygiene is essential to your dog's overall health. Oral disease
is very common in pets. In fact, the American Veterinary Dental Society
reports that by the age of three, oral disease is present in up to 80
percent of dogs. You can significantly reduce your dog's risk of
getting oral disease by establishing a healthy oral-care routine early
in your pet's life.
According to the American Veterinary Medical
Association (AVMA), a dog's teeth should be
brushed daily; however, because many dogs initially resist daily
brushing, most people don't do it that often (if at all). But experts
say some form of regular brushing is better than no dental care at all.
Brushing at least every other day is enough to prevent the buildup of
tartar on your dog's teeth.
Taking care of your dog's teeth
doesn't just prevent bad breath. Poor oral hygiene can start a domino
effect of health problems for your dog. Built up bacteria becomes
which eventually becomes tarter. Periodontal disease is a direct result
of bacteria that lives in tartar. It can lead to a variety of problems
including tooth loss, pain, gum disease and bad breath. It can also
contribute to liver, heart and kidney disease.
pet from the pain and health risks that come from poor dental hygiene is
very simple, and it saves you the time and expense of additional vet
visits. The best way to do this is to brush your
dog's teeth regularly. I understand this isn't always easy and it may
take your dog some time to get used to this routine. To make it easier I
recommend introducing the toothpaste and toothbrush slowly and
rewarding your dog for any progress he makes.
When brushing your
dog's teeth, it's very important not to use human toothpaste. It can
make your dog sick and even poison him. You want to be sure to use a
pet-friendly toothpaste and a toothbrush that's sized
to fit your dog's mouth.
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