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4 Reasons You Should Brush Your Dog's Teeth

by Sam Salvati - 11/12/19

Dog teeth cleaning is essential for your pup’s health. Every responsible dog owner should figure out how to brush your dog's teeth and how often to brush dog's teeth in order to be the best pet parent possible. Here are 4 reasons why.

Bad Dog Breath Prevention

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If your dog's breath stinks, the one solution is to brush his teeth! Dog bad breath occurs when there is a build up of bacteria, food particles, and inflammation. Daily tooth-brushing can remove all three of these causes.

Gum Disease Prevention

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Just under three-quarters of all dogs over the age of two suffer from gum disease. A result of gum inflammation, gum disease is caused by an excess of bacteria in the dental plaque, which can be removed from daily tooth cleaning. Despite its prevalence, gum disease does have serious consequences. It can cause loose teeth, swollen gums, bone loss, and fractured jaws.

Trauma Scan

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As you brush your dog's teeth, you can scan for any disturbing signs or indications. If you notice bleeding, chipped teeth, broken teeth, gum or tongue tumors, or anything that's causing your pooch pain, you should visit a veterinarian.

Grave Medical Condition Prevention

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Without maintenance, dental issues often lead to other, more severe medical issues. Some examples include a lack of exercise or play due to general discomfort and a lack of eating due to such severe tooth pain. Some tooth bacteria can enter the bloodstream and affect your heart. If this bacteria is not removed by the process of cleaning, your dog could develop heart disease.

Pasadena native Sam Salvati is the adoring dog dad to Pablo, Ester and Farris. He enjoys keeping abreast of and writing about the latest developments in pet care.