Tuesday, May 31, 2022

If Dogs Don’t BRUSH Their TEETH... Why Should Humans?

Let's talk about the importance of brushing teeth for a healthy life AS WELL AS the importance of brushing your dog's teeth too!  Why don't animals have to brush their teeth?  Just because some people don't brush their dogs teeth --- doesn't mean they shouldn't!

 Veterinarians report that 85% of dogs over the age of 4 are suffering from some kind of periodontal gum disease. The good news for dogs is they are not as prone to cavities as humans are but despite the old conventional wisdom, a dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's mouth. Dogs can still develop problems like tartar and plaque which is leading to gingivitis periodontal gum disease. Even better news for dogs is that we can prevent these gum disease issues by following two steps: step one, taking your dog to your veterinarian for an exam to evaluate if they need a teeth cleaning once a year, and step 2, daily at-home dental care. 

The American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day, with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Every time you brush, make sure to brush the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of your teeth. Follow proper brushing technique and the 2/2 rule for a happy and healthy smile! (2 minutes, 2 times per day)

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