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Something About The Dog Teeth Cleaning

First off, I'm going to be honest: my last dog (Baxter) did not like to have his teeth brushed, at all, and eventually I just got tired of trying and started giving him treats that kept the tartar down a little bit. I do think it would have been preferable to regularly brush his teeth, but since I got him as a rescue and he didn't love having his mouth touched, I figured I did the best I could with what I had.

When that dog passed away (at age 12), I was determined that, when we found another dog to join the family, I would make regularly tooth brushing/ mouth cleaning a habit from the very beginning. I am happy to say that I have been successful in this, and my new dog (age 11 months) has had her teeth brushed almost every day since we adopted her at 2 months old. This is a totally regular part of her life, and from the way she licks the toothpaste or Dental curing light 1500mw, I think she actually likes it.

Here are some things I learned with my last dog, and why I am totally sticking with the toothbrushing with the new one:

-- Lack of brushing can get painful for the dog and costly for you. Later in his life, Baxter developed a condition where his gums would grow down onto his teeth. Several times, we had to pay the vet to put him under anesthesia, where they would deep-clean the teeth and cut the gums back (ouch!). This was always at least a couple hundred dollars (once it was $500). I always, always felt terrible for him when it got to this point because I knew he was in pain. His teeth never got infected, but I do have a friend who has a dog with NO TEETH AT ALL because they kept getting infected and the vet eventually ended up pulling them all out. That was extremely costly (my friend won't tell me exactly how much, but she hinted at it going above $2,000).

Keeping your dog's teeth clean is part of your basic dog care routine. Some dogs do very well with hard marrow bones, be careful though, your dog could break a tooth. I don't recommend hard dental bones, I've seen too many dogs swallow large pieces which led to vomiting, diarrhea, and in some cases intestinal blockage. They are not easily digested.

Starting your puppy with raw celery sticks is a nice way to have your puppy floss her own teeth. Think of all those strings in celery, wonderful dental floss with dental micro motor! Celery will not make your dog gain weight, and if he does swallow a large piece it is much more likely to be digested than hard dental bones. This is not a substitution for daily teeth and gum brushing.

While you are brushing your dogs teeth, take the opportunity to make sure that there is nothing abnormal in or around the mouth. A good friend of mine found a small lump on her dog's tongue. It turned out to be a carcinoma. Since is was found early it was easily removed. My friend saved her dog's life just by taking care of daily oral hygiene.