Should I be Brushing my Dog's Teeth
"Quick, when was the last time you brushed your dog's teeth? Of course, I know what you're probably thinking: ""Oh my god, it was the day before yesterday! I'm a horrible puppy parent for having skipped a day!""
Really, though, the notion of brushing a dog's teeth is foreign to a lot of people. Just who are these people who actually brush puppy teeth, anyway? I mean, is that not a little bit weird? A little bit twisted, even? Eccentric? The notion of a crazy dog-person may come to some of your minds if you don't know the actual strong benefits that brushing your dog's teeth will have for your canine's health.
Many people believe that a dog's teeth will stay nice and strong as long as they have their bone to chew on. They think that this will somehow make their dog's teeth whiter. Of course, this is not the case. Certain dog bones are formulated to help a dog with cleaning its teeth, but, if the bone is too big or too hard-or the teeth of the dog becomes too decayed-then a bone may be just the thing that leads to chips and pain-ridden puppies. The whitening of your dog's teeth has to do with oral hygiene, and it is actually a very important part to healthy maintenance of any pup.
When you have a dog who grows up without brushing, you will see yellowing and decay around their teeth, just like you would in humans. Of course, a dog's diet is more restricted than a human's-they consume a horribly small amount of sugar and other cavity-causing things of that nature, for instance-but that does not mean that a dog's teeth will not yellow or rot. So, that comes to the question: What are you going to do about it?
Well, first things first: the natural answer to that is to take the dog to a vet for a clean-up. No dog needs to have their teeth brushed every day, but a regular and probably much-needed cleanup may be just what the doctor (or veterinarian, in this case) ordered. A cleanup is a very simple process by way of the doggy dentist gets rid of the layers of buildup that lead to staining and tooth decay. You may want to go sooner rather than later, too, because, once the dog's stains are there, it takes more than just a few trips to the veterinarian to get them out.
When you picture brushing your dog's teeth, you may very well picture a hellish nightmare filled with wagging heads and growling barks, because what kind of dog will sit there idly by while you rub a bristle up and down its gums and teeth? The answer to that, my friends, is a well-trained dog. Did you know that there are special brands of toothpaste made just for keeping dogs interested in keeping their teeth their whitest? Okay, it probably doesn't make a difference to the dog what you're putting around its teeth, because they don't know why you're doing it, but if it has a tasty smell to it, that could help things. Make sure to get the dog used to the idea of sitting still for the whole shebang by training it to sit and stay with you. Also make sure that it is comfortable with you around its teeth, or you may find yourself uncomfortable with its teeth around you."