Maintaining good dental health is just as essential for dogs as it is for humans. Regular dental care plays a key role in preventing the build-up of plaque and tartar, which, if left untreated, can lead to smelly breath, gum disease and tooth decay.
It’s good practice to start caring for your dog’s teeth at a young age. Begin by brushing their teeth and massaging their gums regularly. Not only does this promote the growth of clean teeth and healthy gums, but it also helps them get use to the process early on.
Vet tip: Don’t be alarmed when you notice your puppy losing their baby teeth; this is a normal process when their adult teeth start to come through.
Keeping up with dental care
As dogs grow into adulthood, they’ll have up to 42 fully-grown teeth. With more teeth, they become more prone to dental problems. Around 80% of dogs over three years old deal with dental diseases such as gingivitis or halitosis. While these issues may start in the mouth, they can lead to more severe problems affecting the heart, liver, and kidneys in the long run.
Brushing your dog’s teeth to prevent plaque and tartar build-up, along with regular check-ups can help prevent these issues.