6. Offer Dry and Crunchy Food
Offering your dog specially formulated dry food or crunchy food can slow down the formation of plaque and tartar. Soft food can stick to the teeth and cause plaque and decay.
Also, crunchy food like carrots are good for your dog’s teeth.
In addition, you can buy special dog food that helps improve your pet’s periodontal health. These dental foods are designed using a specialized kibble that provides better mechanical cleansing of the teeth.
Ask your veterinarian about a special dental diet for your dog. If your pet needs one, your vet can prescribe it.
Not just food, you also need to make sure your pet is drinking enough water. Water helps wash away food particles stuck between the teeth and helps fight bad breath.
7. Look for Signs of Trouble
Being a responsible pet owner, you need to keep an eye on your pet’s oral health.
For instance, do a breath test once a month. Simply sniff your dog’s breath to see if there’s a bad odor. If you find the breath offensive and it’s accompanied by a loss of appetite, vomiting or excessive drinking or urinating, make an appointment with your vet.
Another thing that you can do is check your pet’s lips. Once a week, lift your dog’s lips and carefully examine his gums and teeth. The gums should be pink, and there should be no signs of swelling. Also, the teeth should look clean, without any brownish tartar.
If there is swelling or redness around the gums or the teeth have a brown tinge, it is time to take your pet to the vet.
8. Visit a Professional
From time to time, take your pet to see a veterinary dentist. A professional cleaning and regular checkup will help maintain oral hygiene and allow timely diagnosis of any oral issues.
A thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums requires anesthesia, but a professional cleaning is the best way to maintain your dog’s dental hygiene. On average, dogs should be given dental cleaning once a year starting at the age of 3.
During the appointment, don’t hesitate to ask questions and gather as much information as you need.
- Become familiar with the possible oral problems your dog may encounter. This will help you identify issues early and prevent major problems.
- Before brushing, spend some time handling your pet’s mouth so that he comfortably moves his lips aside to expose more of the teeth.
- Always select a brush size that is appropriate for your pet’s mouth, and one with soft bristles.
- Be sure not to harm your pet’s mouth in the process of brushing.
- Do not feed your dog table scraps.
- You can always ask your vet for a tooth care demonstration.