Brushing the dog's teeth: keeping the dog's teeth healthy
Healthy teeth are indispensable for dogs. Dental problems can be very painful and have serious consequences. We humans know that daily tooth brushing is important. But your dog doesn't know that.
The responsibility for the dental health of your four-legged friend therefore lies entirely with you. In the following we will show you what you have to pay attention to when brushing your dog's teeth.
Why you should brush your dog's teeth
Not all dog owners are aware that they have to brush their dog's teeth. However, food residues and bacteria that accumulate on and between the teeth quickly lead to plaque, which soon turns into tartar.
The consequences of tartar include inflammation of the gums, bad breath, holes or even missing teeth. In the long run, such dental problems can even cause organ damage.
By brushing your dog's teeth regularly, you can remove food residues and plaque quickly and prevent dental problems in advance. If you want to ensure your dog's dental health permanently, regular tooth brushing is indispensable.
When should you brush your dog's teeth?
We recommend that you start brushing your dog's teeth at puppy age. On the one hand you will avoid the development of tartar, caries and other dental problems. On the other hand a young animal gets used to the care ritual much easier than an older animal. This leads to the fact that the dental care of your dog simply works better in the long run.
Daily tooth brushing is also important for dogs
It only takes a few days to turn simple plaque into tartar. Unlike plaque, however, tartar cannot be removed simply by brushing your teeth, but must be removed by a vet. For your dog this means a lot of stress, which you can save him by brushing his teeth daily.
What you should brush your dog's teeth with
There are special toothbrushes for dogs that you can use to brush your teeth. Alternatively, you can use normal human toothbrushes. However, they must have soft bristles. You should also make sure you choose the right size. For small dogs, a child's toothbrush may be the right choice.
When buying toothpaste, however, you should always limit yourself to dog toothpaste. Because toothpaste for humans can damage the teeth of your quadruped. In addition, dog toothpaste has the advantage that it is adapted to the taste of dogs thanks to flavors such as liver. This significantly increases the animal's acceptance of daily dental care.
As an alternative to conventional toothbrushes, you can also brush your dog's teeth with so-called fingerlings, which you can pull over your fingers. This variant is better accepted by some dogs. We therefore recommend you to try what works best with your four-legged friend.
How to brush your dog's teeth properly
To ensure optimal dental health, it is of course important that you brush your dog's teeth properly. The following tips will help you.
- Get your dog used to brushing his teeth every day as a puppy.
- Learning a special command will help your pet get used to the ritual.
- Take care of rest while brushing your teeth.
- Choose a toothbrush of the right size and a suitable dog toothpaste.
- Create routine by brushing your dog's teeth every day in the same place at the same time.
- Be careful when brushing your dog's teeth and make slow movements.
- Observe the reaction of your four-legged friend while brushing.
- Don't forget to praise your dog for his good behaviour.
How to get your dog used to brushing his teeth
As a rule, no dog will let brush his teeth without further ado from the start. For this reason, it is important that you guide him step by step. First familiarize him with the dog's toothpaste and the control of his teeth.
The next step is to get him used to the toothbrush and, after a while, to brushing his teeth. Remember to practice regularly and praise and reward your dog during the acclimatisation period.
Regular dental check-ups with your vet
As with humans, the teeth of dogs should also be examined regularly. This ensures that problems are identified promptly and that the vet can clean the teeth if necessary and repair or pull damaged teeth.
Chew snacks help with dental care
Chew snacks are an ideal supplement to daily tooth brushing in dogs. In the case of particularly unruly animals, they often serve as a complete replacement for the dental care provided by the owner.
Since dogs have a natural chewing instinct, they usually accept tasty chew snacks very well. Chewing around on the hard treats stimulates saliva production, effectively removes food residues and plaque and strengthens the jaw muscles.
The quality of the chewing snack is decisive
Unfortunately, the quality of chews often leaves a lot to be desired, just like with normal dog food. Therefore, make sure to buy good quality and healthy ingredients that are suitable for a species-appropriate dog food and actually support the dental care of your four-legged friend.
Dental Sticks from Bellfor
This is exactly the case with Bellfor Dental Sticks. Because our chewing snack consists exclusively of natural ingredients and is distinguished by its excellent digestibility.
Thanks to selected ingredients such as parsley, insect protein (from the larvae of the black soldier fly), algae and diatoms, Bellfor dental sticks are ideally suited to contribute to the health of your dog's teeth.
Bellfor Dental Care Powder
In addition, we recommend that you use our Dental Care Powder for the dental care of your dog. The powder consists of selected natural ingredients such as diatomaceous earth and algae and can help to counteract plaque and tartar in dogs.