Most pet owners do not realize the importance of keeping their dog’s oral health in check. They deem it as normal to neglect the health of their dog’s teeth and gums. However, is this the correct attitude that one should have concerning this issue? It is one of the most important areas in your dog’s health. Periodontal disease is one disease that you would not want your dog to acquire. It is one dental disease, which most dogs acquire before they reach four years of age. It causes severe mouth pains and can affect other internal organs of your dog such as the heart and liver. Smaller dogs would have a harder time with this disease since they have smaller mouths and yet he same number of teeth, which makes his mouth too crowded.

So how can you keep up on your dog’s dental health so that you do not acquire this disease? You can prevent this from happening to your own dog by doing the following simple tips.

First, you must brush your dog’s teeth regularly. You may need to buy a toothbrush and special dog toothpaste for your dog. Some even recommend using an electric toothbrush to thoroughly remove food particles from your dog’s teeth. They say that this could reduce the chances of your dog developing plaque by up to 80%.

Second, go visit your dog’s veterinarian regularly for your dog’s dental cleaning and check-ups. This will help prevent tartars and put in check any developing problems that your dog might have.

Third, give him some dental chews and toys that will be beneficial for his teeth and gums. Dental chews can also prevent any plaque build-up and aside from that, it provides some temporary amusement to your dog. It helps reduce boredom and anxiousness in your dog, especially when waiting at a veterinarian’s office.

Fourth, give him delicious, healthy snacks. Some say that rawhides work best as a snack in preventing teeth and gum problems.

We all need to take care of our oral health, but dogs need that too. They need the same kind of hygiene that we do in order to keep their teeth and gums in good working condition. These are just some of the ways in which you could prevent dental problems in your dog. They are all very easy to do but they bring many benefits to your dog. Therefore, there is no way that you can excuse yourself from doing them.

Source by Steve Weber