May 4, 2006

Keep Your Dogs Teeth Healthy

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Please leave the resource box intact with an active link, andsend a courtesy copy of the publication in which the articleappears to:————————————————————Dogs get plaque and tartar on their teeth just like humans do.Cleaning your dogs teeth between professional cleanings is verysimple.

Keeping your dogs teeth and gums clean will eliminate “doggybreath” as well as keep your dog healthy.

Most veterinarians suggest twice a week brushings. When brushingteeth, use baking soda or a special toothpaste formulated fordogs, not toothpaste for humans. Pet toothpastes contain enzymesthat help dissolve plaque and can be swallowed. They also tastegood.

Use a toothbrush designed for pets or small children. Or justuse gauze or a washcloth if the pet doesn’t like the brush.

Tooth brushing is best but if the dog won’t let you brush it’steeth then giving it something to chew that rubs on the sides ofthe teeth is useful.

Although dogs do not usually get cavities in their teeth, toothproblems result from soft foods that can leave debris in gumpockets at the base of the teeth, known as gingivitis.Infections form which soften and cause the gums to recede. Badbreath is a symptom.

Tartar buildup can be removed from teeth by rubbing with asolution of three percent hydrogen peroxide. Advanced builduprequires scraping with dental instruments. Some veterinariansuse ultrasonics now as well, so the treatment is more pleasant.

For between dental visits, provide soft chew toys made of rubberor nylon and something made of fiber like a chew rope whichhelps to wipe the teeth clean.

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Marilyn Pokorney Freelance writer of science, nature, animalsand the environment. Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading.Website:

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