5 Tips To Keep Your Puppy’s Teeth Healthy

Having a new puppy is always exciting and you are looking for different ways in which to pamper and shower love on the newest member of your family. While there is enough information on how to keep your puppy healthy and happy, oral hygiene is often overlooked by many pet owners.

Just like you take care of your teeth by brushing daily and regularly visiting the dentist, your puppy also needs care and attention to keep his teeth clean and bright. These 5 tips should help you know more about your puppy’s basic dental care.

1. Get Your Puppy Used To Brushing

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Dogs are usually not comfortable with people handling their muzzle. While still a puppy, the first thing you need to do is get him used to people handling his mouth. But don’t take him to a corner to check his mouth. Instead, when your puppy is snuggling in your lap, casually rub your fingers over his teeth and gums. Talk to him and keep

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him engaged when you do this. If he seems uncomfortable, make it more tempting for him by dipping our finger in peanut butter or chicken broth. He will be happy to lick your finger while you move it over his teeth and gums.

2. Keep An Eye On Your Puppy’s Teeth

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The first year is an important time for your puppy’s mouth. The first set of teeth your puppy will get are called deciduous teeth and they grow when he’s between 8 to 12 weeks old. These teeth will soon fall to make way for adult teeth, and by the time he is 7 to 8 months old, most of his teeth would have been replaced. Keeping a regular watch on your puppy’s teeth helps you check if the teeth are not growing as they should. The deciduous teeth may not fall out on time and the new teeth may grow on top of the old one which could lead to crooked teeth. If

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you see anything abnormal, talk to your vet immediately.

3. Make Sure He Chews On The Right Things

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During the teething phase, puppies will try to get their mouths on anything they can find. It’s a common habit that helps them relieve the pain and irritation of teething while satisfying their curiosity. While your puppy does not discriminate on what he chews, it’s your responsibility to make sure his teeth are safe by giving him a range of toys to chew on. Chew toys are a great option but if your puppy insists of chewing things he’s not supposed to, the legs of a chair for example, just buy a bitter-tasting deterrent and apply it to the surface.

4. Give Your Puppy Quality Food

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As your puppy is growing, he needs healthy food so that his bones and teeth develop well. So make sure you feed him good quality

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food that’s within your budget. Another thing to consider is how the food affects his teeth. Dry food like kibble is a great option because the crunching can help scrape away food bits and bacteria from the teeth surface. You could give him wet canned food also but there is a higher chance that such food will get stuck in his teeth. Instead, you can feed him kibble with a spoonful of wet food. Also, chewy treats like bully sticks or knucklebones can help scrape away food bits from between his teeth.

5. Brush As Often As You Can

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If you’re not careful about your puppy’s dental health, before long his teeth will be dotted with brown tartar. Most dogs whose teeth are not regularly brushed develop tartar which eventually leads to periodontal diseases. Once you have gotten your puppy used to you handling his mouth, start brushing his teeth daily if possible. If not, brush his teeth at least a few times a week.

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Begin by showing your puppy the toothbrush and toothpaste so that he can lick and smell it. Then gently approach his mouth and brush with circular movements.

Initially you might find it difficult as your puppy won’t be patient enough to allow you to brush his teeth fully. Take things one step at at time and slowly; he will get used to the process of brushing over time. The ideal time to brush would be early evening when he is in a relaxed mood. With medical advancements in canine medicine, veterinarians believe that preventive dental care has played an important role in the prolonged health of dogs. So make sure your puppy grows up with healthy teeth.