Oral hygiene is one of the most overlooked but significant factor in maintaining your dog’s health and comfort. Dogs begin developing their pearly whites at around 5 weeks of age and at the 8th week sharp baby teeth become visible. Though, luckily dogs are not prone to cavities like humans, they do develop gum infections and tartar when not taken care properly.

There are simple techniques to maintain a good oral hygiene. Just like grooming, dental care must also be done everyday. However, this requires patience and must be started at a very young age.

Whether you brush your dog’s teeth everyday or not, it is necessary to check the presence of any of the below mentioned symptoms of bad breath in your dog,

-> bad breath

-> excessive drooling

-> bleeding, red or swollen gums

-> yellowish-brown tartar

-> bumps within mouth

The main and easily noticeable signs of poor oral hygiene is bad breath, infections and discoloration.

To combat this, it is advised by veterinarians to brush your dog’s teeth at least 3 to 4 times a week. It is important to avoid using toothpaste for humans on your dog’s teeth as they contain various fluorides which are harmful to your dog’s health.

Feeding your dog dry food is a wise option as soft foods tend to stick to your dog’s teeth and cause decay.  

Further, there are various water additives available that will help fight tartar and plaque manifestation in your dog’s teeth.

Chew toys act as an exercise and help maintain good oral hygiene in your dog.

Maintaining proper oral hygiene maybe a stressful task for both the dog and the human but it serves good in the long run, avoids repetitive and long visits to the veterinarian which in turn saves a lot of money. Live a long and happy life filled with sweet kisses from your dog!

Take good care of those pearly whites!