by: Marilyn Pokorney
Dogs get plaque and tartar on their teeth just like humansdo. Cleaning your dogs teeth between professional cleaningsis very simple.
Keeping your dogs teeth and gums clean will eliminate "doggybreath" as well as keep your dog healthy.
Most veterinarians suggest twice a week brushings. Whenbrushing teeth, use baking soda or a special toothpasteformulated for dogs, not toothpaste for humans. Pettoothpastes contain enzymes that help dissolve plaque andcan be swallowed. They also taste good.
Use a toothbrush designed for pets or small children. Orjust use gauze or a washcloth if the pet doesn't like thebrush.
Tooth brushing is best but if the dog won't let you brushit's teeth then giving it something to chew that rubs on thesides of the teeth is useful.
Although dogs do not usually get cavities in their teeth,tooth problems result from soft foods that can leave debrisin gum pockets at the base of the teeth, known asgingivitis. Infections form which soften and cause the gumsto recede. Bad breath is a symptom.
Tartar buildup can be removed from teeth by rubbing with asolution of three percent hydrogen peroxide. Advancedbuildup requires scraping with dental instruments. Someveterinarians use ultrasonics now as well, so the treatmentis more pleasant.
For between dental visits, provide soft chew toys made ofrubber or nylon and something made of fiber like a chew ropewhich helps to wipe the teeth clean.
For more information on how to keep your dogs teeth andmouth healthy visit: .apluswriting.net/petcare/dogteeth.htm
Copyright: 2005 Marilyn Pokorney
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