Periodontal disease doesn't just mean your dog has bad teeth and gums it also means your dog could end up with a more serious health problem such as an infection in his heart valves. Gum disease is also a warning sign of possible cardio-vascular disease. Periodontal disease will also cause bad breath and can get in the way of your dog eating comfortably. With 80% of dogs demonstrating signs of oral disease by the age of three, dog owners need to put dog wellness practices into action and be aware of the importance of proper dog dental care.

Providing good oral health can be done through good nutrition and regular teeth cleanings. Here some ways to ensure good dog dental care.

1. Raw Carrots. Raw carrots will help control bad breath odors as well as help to scrape plaque from the teeth.

2. Brushing. Brushing your dog's teeth 3 times per week, with just water is a highly effective way to keep his teeth and gums healthy. If you do decide to use toothpaste do not use people toothpaste, as it contains harmful ingredients for your dog. Instead, use a toothpaste specifically formulated for pets. If using a regular toothbrush is difficult then try a finger toothbrush.

Remember that pets like people can take time to get used to things, so don't give up on brushing just because it doesn't go smoothly the first time. After several attempts your dog will realize it is something he can handle and won't be so resistant.

3. Nylon or raw hide dog chews help keep the teeth clean. Do not give your dog anything to chew that is harder than his teeth. An example of this would be knuckle bones - they are to hard for your dogs teeth.

It's time to see the vet:

1. If your dog has misaligned teeth
2. If drooling is out of the norm
3. Missing teeth or adult teeth are not growing in.
4. Becomes uninterested in chewy toys, or displays signs of slow, uncomfortable eating.

It is so important to put good dog dental care into practice from a young age because once the plaque sets on the teeth it cannot simply be removed by brushing, and will require attention from a vet. Use raw carrots and 3 times a week brushing to ensure your dog does not get periodontal disease. If you have a dog whose teeth have not been taken care of regularly, then examine his teeth for brown spots, which usually mean plaque, as well as bad breath. Have your dog checked by the vet to make sure the plaque has not affected his heart. Then make sure you put good dog dental care practices into action.

Remember that a wholesome healthy diet is also an important factor to healthy teeth and bones, and consider natural remedies for your pet as much as you can - it makes the difference for longer, happier, healthier life for your pet, and less money you have to pay to your vet.

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