Dog Friendly Tips: Bad Breath & Mouth
A dog's unpleasant breath is often caused by dirty, broken, or infected teeth. Tartar an eighth of an inch deep is not uncommon. Your vet can remove the tartar and further clean the teeth, which will do much to sweeten the breath.
Cleaning many dog's teeth is not difficult. You can do it yourself with a tartar scraper available from a dental supply house. Otherwise your vet can do the job.
Examine your pet's teeth at least once a month. Look for tartar and loose or brokers teeth. Animals fed soft foods tend to have more tartar than those fed on hard foods. All dogs enjoy chewing soft raw rib bones, which help to keep teeth clean and prevent tartar from building up.
Most dogs will not permit teeth brushing but damp cotton dipped in pumice powder may help remove tartar. Healthy teeth and gums seem to be a genetic trait.
Many dogs will not permit anyone to clean their teeth, and if that is the case with your dogs as well, a vet will have to administer an anaesthetic.
The following are the ways by which you can clean the mouth of your pet dog.
Take a good mouth cleansing solution and put a small portion of it in a rinser or on a tooth paste.
Then with one hand make the head of your dog steady and put the applicator inside the mouth and start rinsing the teeth from the corner of the mouth. Wash the gums of the mouth completely so that they are entirely wet.
Continue brushing the teeth of the dog unless they are clean. Before every stroke dip the brush into the cleaning solution.
As a cleanser use a solution has the flavor of a peppermint. Always make sure that there are no debris inside the mouth of the dog on a regular basis. In case of an injured tooth take your pet to a vet dentist.
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