Did you know that doggie dental care is just as important as human dental care? Just like with humans, poor oral hygiene can result in all sorts of other health issues throughout your pup’s body.
How much do you know about your pets teeth?
- When fully grown, your dog should have ten more teeth than you! The average human has 32 teeth and the average dog has 42!
- By age 3 (that’s about 25 in human years) most dogs show some signs of gum disease such as inflamed gums and tartar build up. Left untreated this can affect important organs in your pet’s body affecting their quality of life and longevity.
- Outdoor pets are prone to broken teeth which can cause pain and should be treated by a vet.
- Smaller breeds more prone to tartar build up since their teeth are usually more compact leaving lots of tight crevices for debris and bacteria to grow.
- The average dog’s mouth can exert 150-200 lbs of pressure!
Dogs aren’t great at working a toothbrush around their mugs twice a day, so just how does one help their doggie maintain proper oral hygiene?
- Brush those teeth for them of course! Doggie toothpaste can be purchased to help aid in this sometimes difficult task. Don’t use human toothpaste! See the below infographic to learn how to get your pet accustomed to regular brushings!
- While it’s common to discourage pups from becoming chewers, chew toys can actually help prevent plaque build up. Make sure your pet knows what’s okay to chew and what’s not by giving them their own special toys.
- Don’t forget to wipe your pet’s mouth too occasionally. Dogs can be messy eaters and bacteria builds up both inside and out. This is especially true if your pet eats a moist food.
Make sure your vet is checking their oral health too at their annual check-up!
Save this awesome infographic as a reminder to take doggie dental care seriously!