It is important to be diligent with dog dental care, even more so, with certain breeds, such as greyhounds and related breeds, who are genetically disposed to weak dental health. It’s a good idea to do a little research on your own breed’s dental tendencies. But any dog’s dental care is an important health concern as an owner it is your responsibility to maintain your dog’s dental health.
Of course, dental disposition can vary from dog to dog so it is a good idea, if possible, to ask the breeder or adoptive agency about the dental health of your dog’s parents or their siblings. This would give you a ‘heads up’ with respect to your dog’s dental future.
It is a good idea to incorporate daily brushing in your dog’s dental health care routine; it is essential to the health of your dog. Pet stores sell finger brushes, soft bristle brushes and toothpaste especially made for dogs. Ask a sales assistant for advise on how to use them or your Vet can also help with this.
If you have a puppy it is very important to help your puppy get used to having its mouth handled while it is still young so dog dental care will not be a struggle when it gets older. Start gently with very light brushing once a week, ask your vet when actually brushing should begin for your dog.
Giving your dog crunchy treats, bones and a variety of chew toys can help keep teeth clean as well, newer and better products come on to the market all the time.
Once a month, inspect your dog’s mouth for tartar, tartar is a thin brown line along the gum line. There should not be a “ledge” between the gum and the tooth. Your dog’s gums should also be a nice pink color. Be on the lookout for inflamed or swollen gums or bad breath.
Professional cleaning and polishing, using ultrasound, is suggested to be done once a year. Ultrasonic cleaning can be done successfully on most dogs without anesthetics. This is a preventative procedure that can save a lot of heartache later on especially as your dog gets older.
After your dog’s teeth are professionally cleaned, you can use various other products to help maintain their teeth. Ask your vet about Water additives that you can add to your dog’s drinking water to reduce bacteria in their mouth.