Canine teeth health is a very important part of your pet dog’s overall health. Dental problems can lead to other health problems in dogs. Your pet dog’s teeth and gums should be examined at least once a year by your nearest vet to check for early signs of a teeth problem and to keep your pet canine’s mouth healthy.
Periodontal disease affects a staggering percentage of adult canines, putting them at risk for a variety of health problems.
What is Canine teeth Hygiene?
Veterinary dentistry includes the adjustment, cleaning, filing, extraction, or repair of your pet dog’s teeth and all other aspects of oral health care.
The dental process begins with an oral examination of your pet dog’s mouth by the vet. The vet may need radiographs (X-rays) to evaluate the health of the jaws. Since most canine teeth disease occurs below the gum line, where we cannot see with the normal eye, thorough cleaning of the teeth under anaesthesia is evaluated.
Early signs of teeth health in canines
Your pet dog’s teeth should be checked by your nearest vet at least once a year for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet canine’s mouth healthy.
If you notice any of the following problems, get your pet canine’s teeth checked out early:
- Bad breath
- Broken or loose teeth
- Extra teeth
- Refuse to eat
- Loss of appetite
- Teeth that are covered with tartar
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Pain in the mouth or around the jaw
- Swelling in the areas around the mouth
- Chewing abnormally, and skipping food by mouth
- Any change in your pet dog’s behaviour should be noted by your nearest vet. Always be careful when evaluating your pet dog’s mouth, as canines can cause painful bites.
Causes of pet canine teeth problems
Although pet canines have many of the same teeth problems, compared to those they may develop:
- Broken teeth and roots
- Periodontal disease
- Infected teeth or abscesses
- Tumour or cyst in the mouth
- Teeth misalignment and bite, malocclusion
- Broken jaw
- Palatal defect
How to choose the right toothpaste for your canine
This thing is very important. Never use regular human toothpaste for your pet canine. Most human toothpaste contains trace amounts of fluoride, which is known to be extremely toxic to dogs. You can find toothpaste formulated for dogs at good pet stores.
Some pet stores also offer dog mouthwash, which you can add to a bowl of water to help kill the bacteria. Doggy mouthwash is safe, just be sure to use the dosage used by your pet canine. Like toothpaste, it is best to never use human mouthwash on your dog.
How to brush your canine’s teeth
Always try before brushing a dog, choose a time when your dog has had a good amount of exercise. At first, start brushing slowly and if your canine becomes agitated, leave. You can increase the brushing time every day as the dog gets used to it later. Also, be sure to speak pleasantly during brushing and reward your dog with a treat afterwards.
Tips for improving your canine teeth’ health
Brushing daily gives your canine the best chance of having healthy gums and teeth. When they are little puppies, gradually introduce them to daily teeth cleanings. If you own a large dog, with a little patience and lots of rewards, they will get used to it.
Teeth Health Tips for Large canine
- Let them lick the toothpaste.
- treat with mouthwash
- Feed a special dental diet
- Give your canine a pat, and be rewarded!
- Buy your canine dental toys and treats
- Brush for a short time initially or until they enjoy it.
- Buy a doggie toothbrush and beef or chicken flavoured toothpaste from your vet.
- Always avoid human toothpaste as it will upset your canine’s stomach.
- Brush slowly and gently from front to back in an oval pattern between and below the teeth.
- Go to the vet if your canine has any type of dental disease
Why does dentistry need anaesthesia?
When you visit the canine dentist, he is there to help you and keep your canine mouth healthy. Your dentist uses techniques to reduce discomfort and pain. Your pet doesn’t understand the benefit of canine dental procedures, and he reacts by running away, trying to move or bite.
Anaesthesia makes it possible for your pet dog to perform canine teeth procedures with less pain and stress. If your pet needs radiographs (X-rays), your pet dog should be very calm to get good images. This is not possible without heavy sedation or anaesthesia for the canine.
Final thoughts – Canine teeth
We hope that these tips on caring for your pet canine’s teeth were helpful to you. Proper oral maintenance of canine teeth can save you money in the long run. Leaving pet dog oral hygiene untreated can result in more expensive treatments for you in the future.
Visit the vet from time to time for your canine’s routine cleaning and check-up- and keep your dog smiling for a long life to come!