Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth
Cleaning your dog’s teeth is an essential grooming task since decay can cause pain and trouble eating while introducing dangerous bacteria into the bloodstream. Institute a twice a week teeth cleaning while your dog is young so it becomes routine. Handle your dog’s mouth and teeth so he becomes accustomed to your touch. Start cleaning the teeth with cotton balls or gauze pads and work up to a doggy toothbrush. Only use dog-safe toothpaste since human toothpaste can be toxic to dogs. Don’t forget to stimulate the gums. Look for signs of decay and irritation while cleaning your dog’s teeth including dark spots on the teeth, red or swollen gums, loose teeth or a bad odor. Take your time and be patient. Never force your dog to continue if he resists and don’t punish your dog while you are cleaning his teeth. Contact your Roanoke, VA vets to learn more.