Unfortunately, a worrying number of pets have inflammation and infection in their mouths, but are not getting the dental treatment they require. The infection doesn’t just stay in the mouth, however – it can spread to the rest of the body. Giving your pooch a chew is not enough. Vets throughout the country agree that dogs with dental problems need a combination of preventive measures, which usually includes brushing, after an appropriate prophylaxis and cleaning session.
If oral hygiene and health are important to us, having good teeth and gums is essential for our canine companions as well. Dogs use their teeth to chew their food and play their favorite fetching games, among other activities. Guard and police dogs especially need a strong bite to do their job properly.
Maintaining healthy teeth is a must as dogs grow older. These days, pet owners can choose from a wide variety of teeth cleaning products that are available on the market. However, the best solution is still the natural method – that is, give your dog a bone to chew on.
Bone chewing helps clean your dog’s teeth; not only does it scrape the plaque off from the teeth surface, it strengthens the gums as well. You can let your pooch chew on a bone every other day or three to four times a week. If you’re giving him raw bones, you can let him have one per day.
The good news is, most dental diseases are treatable and preventable. We’ve all heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and this certainly applies to our canine friends’ oral health as well. Take your pet to a dental checkup this month. Your dog will love having stronger teeth and gums, and the benefits will make both you and your pet happier.