Does your dog smile?
Most of us are familiar with the sight of a happy pup. However, it turns out that dogs show their teeth for all sorts of reasons. From playful and submissive grins to territorial barking and tired yawns, dogs pull back their lips and display teeth to communicate via body language.
Therefore, dental hygiene is essential for canine health and well-being!
So, how to care for those 42 chompers?
One excellent way is to use dog toothpaste. Luckily, Only One Treats carries the best dog toothpaste around.
Today, we explain its many benefits.
Do I Need to Brush My Dog’s Teeth?
Brushing your dog’s teeth prevents more than just stinky breath…
And while it’s not always easy brushing a dog’s teeth, veterinarians agree: this small task is worth the effort. Unfortunately, veterinarians have found that only 7% of dog owners regularly brush their pups’ teeth.
Remember, just like humans, dogs can suffer from dental issues too. If you have ever had a rotten tooth pulled at the dentist, then you know exactly how painful this can be!
Key benefits of using dog toothpaste include:
Reduced Risk of Gum Disease
According to VCA Animal Hospitals, it’s estimated more than 2/3 of dogs older than three years have periodontal disease. This condition affects the tissues surrounding the teeth, including the gums, periodontal ligament, and jawbone. Over time, food and mouth debris build up and up and up until finally, a dog’s gums get so inflamed it ends in gingivitis (and later, periodontal disease).
Advanced stages can even result in kidney and liver problems – uh oh.
The good news is Only One Treats dog toothpaste stops gum disease in its tracks.
Prevents Plaque and Tartar Buildup
Secondly, brushing a dog’s teeth helps remove plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) from the teeth. If left untreated, plaque hardens into tartar, which can lead to:
- Yellow teeth
- Redness around the gums
- Tooth decay
- Tooth loss
- Gum disease
- Root abscess
Calcium carbonate is the secret ingredient. With gentle abrasiveness, it removes plaque and tartar – before they fester.
Next, have you ever kissed your dog only to say, “What’s that smell?”
Bad breath (also known as “halitosis”) is a common issue in dogs of all breeds. After all that chewing, licking, and eating, odour-causing bacteria thrives in the moist and dark inside of their mouths. Fortunately, the best dog toothpaste will fight bad breath naturally.
For example, with coconut and peppermint flavours.
Now, you may be curious, “Can I use human toothpaste for dogs?”
The answer: no.
Human toothpaste contains artificial sweeteners and pet toxic ingredients, like Xylitol. These will upset a dog’s stomach and digestive system. Instead, opt for dog toothpaste. For instance, in Only One Treats' ingredients list, the amounts of coconut and peppermint essential oils are very small and deemed safe for dog use.
Still, speak to your veterinarian about any concerns. Toothpaste isn’t bad for dogs, so long as it’s formulated specifically for them.
Enjoy the fresher breath of your four-legged friend!
How to Brush your Dog's Teeth
Finally, one of the biggest obstacles that prevents dog owners from brushing their fur ball’s teeth is lack of knowledge. Understandably, it can be a real struggle to hold a wiggly puppy with a toothbrush in hand.
To help make the process easier (on both you and Fido) here are 4 tips.
Introduce Brushing Gradually
Let your dog lick toothpaste off the brush to reinforce the positive association. Gently touch their gums and teeth, so they are familiar with the feeling.
Choose the Right Toothbrush
Buy a toothbrush designed for dogs, or go with a finger brush. Canine toothbrushes have soft bristles and long handles to reach all mouth nooks and crannies.
Find a Comfortable Environment
Pick a relaxed and quiet time for teeth brushing sessions when there aren’t too many distractions, like toys, children, loud noises, etc.
Now the fun part begins!
All that’s left is to apply the toothpaste. Simply mix the toothpaste to soften it. Add a dollop onto either the toothbrush or your finger. In circular motion, clean the outer surfaces of the teeth and along the gum line.
Ultimately, caring for your dog's dental health should be a top priority as a responsible pet owner. By incorporating regular tooth brushing with a high-quality dog toothpaste such as Only One Treats into their routine, you can ensure a healthy and happy smile for your furry friend.
Ready to start the brushing? Check out our bestselling Toothpaste For Dogs!