A lot of people don't brush their dog's teeth. Maybe they're just too lazy, maybe they're scared of getting bit, and maybe they just haven't thought of it. Are you one of these types of people? Maybe your vet said something to you about it.
My vet brought it up to me. She brought the realization straight to my face. My dog, Zoey had developed a good amount of nasty tarter on her two upper back teeth. You might know them as the molars. And they were nasty. To be honest, I had never thought to look back there before and open my dog's mouth up and take a look inside. But I bought a dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste and started doing something about that tarter.
To be honest, it was hard to get into a habit of cleaning her teeth. I would go through spurts where I would be cleaning her teeth every day. Then weeks would go by and I would say, 'Oh, crap, I need to clean your teeth, Zoey' and I would be back at it again. But to get into a habit would be great. And hey, if you don't want to clean your dog's teeth I know certain groomers get paid to clean a dog's teeth.
Just remember that you can't use a human toothbrush when cleaning your dog's teeth. Dog toothbrushes tend to be smaller and softer. The bristles are what's shorter and softer than a human toothbrush and you can find ones that just fit over your finger.
And just remember you can't use human toothpaste. Human toothpaste tends to have xylitol and fluoride which are poisonous to dogs. Dog toothpaste is toothpaste where the dog is safe to swallow it.
Other products for dogs are treats that brush your dog's teeth as they chew on them like Greenies and Whimzees. Then there's mouthwash you can put in your dog's water. I only stress to be careful when putting in the mouthwash. You are only supposed to put in so much. I had a problem with my dog, Zoey. I put it in her water and she wouldn't drink it. I had to learn the hard way. At the end of the day, I took a shower and Zoey tried drinking the shower water, anything but drink the mouthwash water. So I poured it out and gave her clean, regular water and she gulped that down like a madman. I realized never again would I put her through that. I'm just sticking to giving her dental treats and brushing her teeth.
In conclusion, Zoey's teeth look a lot better and so can your dog's. If you liked this blog post, subscribe to All Healthy Dog and stay updated with all the articles.