If you want to keep your teeth, dentists say, you need to brush your teeth. The same is true for dogs. Our furry friends are just as susceptible to tooth decay and gum diseases as we are, and that’s why they need good dental hygiene, same as us. So if you own a dog, it’s important that you understand the importance of cleaning and maintaining their teeth, something they can’t do on their own.
Dogs are susceptible to periodontal disease
The large majority of pets are diagnosed with periodontal disease before the age of three. This can result in bad breath, inflamed gums, severe pain, excessive drooling, facial swelling, and much more. If your dog has periodontal disease, they likely have bacteria living under their gums. In extreme cases, bacteria can travel through your dog’s body and reach the heart among other organs resulting in serious health issues.
It’ll remove tartar and plaque buildup
Just like with humans, brushing a dog’s teeth regularly will remove and prevent any tartar and plaque buildup. This will not only improve your dog’s dental hygiene, but also their overall health, as tartar can travel from the mouth to other parts of the body, creating blockages.
Brushing prevents bad breath
Lots of people complain that their dogs have smelly breaths, but this is really a result of poor dental hygiene. Brushing your dog’s teeth regularly will kill and prevent bad odors while also removing any food particles in your dog’s teeth and gums.
While no one likes to think about their animals getting sick, it’s always best to be prepared when adding a new member of the family. And if you’re starting to think about adding that new furry family member, check out our latest pups who are still waiting for their forever home!