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Dental health for dogs is sometimes overlooked. Dental disease affects up to 80% of dogs over the age of three. Just like humans there can be very adverse effects of poor dog dental health. Some of the ways to ensure that your dog is in good dental health is to regularly brush its teeth, provide it with a healthy diet and many chew toys. By the time dogs are past their third birthday, they begin to show signs of gum disease f they are not provided with good oral care with bad breath being the first tell sign of a problem. The simplest method of keeping track of your dog's teeth is to check them regularly and be aware of signs that may indicate a problem.

Once a week with the dog facing you, inspect your dog's teeth by lifting the lips all around the mouth, look at the front and back teeth as closely as you can. A healthy gum should be pink and not red or white and they should not exhibit any signs of swelling. A healthy mouth should also be clean without any brownish tartar. When inspecting the dog's mouth, you should be very careful to avoid being bitten accidentally.

You should also do regular breath tests on your dog. Normally a dog's breath is not so pleasant however, if the breath is very offensive and is accompanied by loss of appetite, vomiting, excessive drinking and urinating, you should have your dog checked by a veterinary. You should also get a canine brushing kit for regular teeth cleaning. If you regularly brush your dog's teeth you can prevent the dog from gingivitis, receding gum and tooth loss. You could also use a clean piece of soft gauze wrapped around your finger for cleaning dog teeth. Your vet should give you toothpaste that is specially formulated for canines. If you do not have the tooth paste, you could use a paste made out of baking soda and water. It is not advisable to use fluoride with dogs under the age of 6 moths as it can interfere with their enamel formation. It is also not recommended to use human toothpaste as it can cause irritation in a dog's stomach.

Starting a dental care routine as early as possible is a sure way to good dog dental health for your dog. Besides ensuring an overall dog dental health, early dental care will help the dog to get used to the feeling of having its teeth brushed and checked. To compliment your dog dental hygiene efforts, you should buy your dog a teeth cleaning organic treat, toy or bone and dog mouth wash. Some dog treats, bones or chew toys can help in fighting accumulation of tartar, and improving bad health so long as they are given daily after meals. These items also give good exercise for your dog's jaw. Before trying any mouth wash or tooth paste you should consult your veterinarian. Mouthwash sprays are effective in killing bacteria or even healing damaged gum tissue. Overall you should make sure that you keep up with vet exams for professional dental cleaning, and follow all your vet's recommendations.

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