Brushing your dog's teeth may not be an easy feat. Also, since there are a lot of treats out there that claim to help clean your dog's teeth, some may wonder how often they should brush their dog's teeth. Read on to learn more!
Just like humans, brushing your dog's teeth is important for their oral health. After a meal, there is a film of white-yellowish plaque that begins to grow on the surface of your dog's teeth. During this stage it is quite easy to remove the plaque and you can be easily scrape it off. However, if you don't remove it within 36 hours, the plaque can harden into what we call tartar, which is harder to remove.
At this point, you will need your veterinarian to help mechanically remove the tartar using special equipment, such as a scaler. If the tartar is still not removed, it will continue to accumulate and layer up, which can lead to issues such as tissue damage, inflamed gums (gingivitis), loose teeth, abscess development, and so forth. Poor oral hygiene can also lead to other serious health conditions such as heart disease, so taking good care to brush your dog's teeth is crucial.
Most veterinarians recommend brushing your dog's teeth daily. Just like humans, plaque can accumulate quickly. You also want to stop it from hardening into tartar as soon as possible to prevent it from layering up. It may seem like a hassle, but just as you would try to take care and brush your own teeth daily for your oral health (and to avoid a scolding from your dentist), it would be best to do the same for your beloved fur bud.
In addition, if you start brushing your dog's teeth from a young age, your dog will be well trained and have a good habit of knowing what to expect during brushing time. This will make it easier for you brush your dog's teeth every day as they won't be as scared or fussy when they see you take out the toothbrush. Remember, your dog's overall health can be affected by his oral health, so don't procrastinate. Start a healthy habit of brushing your dog's teeth daily today!