It’s never too early to begin….
This is a statistic that may not make you smile:
by the moment they are two years old, 80 percent of dogs show signs of gum disease. Prevention is the best cure for dental issues. Once plaque has developed on the teeth, mechanical cleaning is the only way to remove it.
You can assist your dog start dental maintenance early, but wait until your pup has all his or her adult teeth (at or about 6 months) before using a toothbrush to maintain it a pleasant experience.
Here are a few things you can do to assist maintain good teeth:
Although starting brushing your dog’s teeth is never too late, starting as quickly as possible is useful. Begin by softly scratching with your finger the gums of your puppy. Facilitate it by frequently massaging your gums while you snuggling them. You can then use your fingertips with a smooth rubber brush. Try a weekly tooth brushing regimen once you pup have adult teeth and work your way up to 3-4 times a week.
Provide toys for chewing.
Teething in puppy parenting is a fact of life. Mildly abrasive foods and toys help maintain clean teeth. Pet parents should concentrate on products that are accepted for plaque control over those that have a tartar claim, but with puppies avoid tough nylon toys and big rawhide toys, as they are difficult enough to break teeth.
Puppies should visit the vet twice a year for a dental examination and may require annual cleaning of their teeth. If the breath of your little furball is extra-stinky recently, call the vet. Bad breath can be a sign of gum disease or dental issues.