Keeping your dog’s teeth and gums clean is important. It’s not an easy task and is why most dog parents rely on their veterinarian for dental cleanings and other dental needs. Getting your dog to cooperate while you brush its teeth can be nearly impossible. There are all kinds of chews and treats – but sometimes, those just aren’t enough. Even a dry food only diet doesn’t work for all dogs since some just don’t actually chew their food. These tips, along with a little help from CBD, might make dogs and dental care a little easier to manage together.
Oral Hygiene Tips
Dogs can experience health problems from poor oral hygiene, including periodontal disease. Prolonged inadequate oral hygiene can cause their teeth to fall out, they can get infections that can spread throughout their bodies and they can experience abscesses that can be painful.
Brushing your Dog’s Teeth
Brushing your dog’s teeth is one of the very best ways to protect their teeth from plaque buildup. It takes some practice to get your dog to cooperate. For some, it can be a traumatic experience. It may cause some anxiety. If you notice your pet acting a bit terrified of the toothbrush, try a dose of Pet Health CBD Anti-Separation CBD Tincture beforehand. You can also put it in their food if oral administration isn’t working.
A few tips:
- Buy a dog-specific tooth brush for the right size dog mouth
- Buy dog-specific toothpaste (absolutely do not use your own toothpaste or any other human toothpaste)
- Make it a little game
It’s best to try to use a toothbrush that fits over your finger first – these are similar to what you’d use for a baby before graduating to a toddler toothbrush. Why make it a game? It’s fun for them if you make something fun. Try using a peanut butter or chicken flavored toothpaste first. Then they’ll think they’re also getting a little treat, just make sure you can get the toothbrush far back enough to reach those back teeth. The back teeth are the hardest to reach.
Brushing daily isn’t necessary but it’s great if you can get your dog to cooperate every day.
Try Doggy Tooth Wipes
When brushing just isn’t an option, there are doggy tooth wipes on the market. Even if this seems to scare your dog, it’s another opportunity for you to use either our Pet Health CBD Anti-Separation CBD Tincture or Organic Olive Oil CBD Tincture. It may assist with the calming process.
Take the tooth wipes and reach as far back into your dog’s mouth as possible. These aren’t as thorough as a toothbrush, but can help with some plaque prevention and tooth preservation.
When all else fails, try dental treats. You can make your own, but something made specifically for your dog’s teeth can help remove plaque, keep your dog’s teeth cleaner and help with their bad breath. If this still just isn’t good enough, contact your vet and schedule a dental cleaning. They’ll also likely take a look at all of your dog’s teeth and report any issues or concerns that they might have. When it comes to dogs and dental care, it really can be a task, but a little patience and treats can go a long way.