Ever wondered if your pet’s teeth are in good condition? Or how to take care of their dental needs? Here’s a quick article about the differences between human and dog’s teeth and how to keep them healthy.
Differences Between Human and Dog Teeth
Both species get two sets of teeth, one as babies and a second set once they reach adulthood. The biggest difference is in the diet, as humans have more of a variety of minerals in their nourishment while dogs have food with less sugar which leads to fewer cavities. However, pets can be prone to tartar buildup which can lead to painful and expensive vet visits.
Dental Cleaning Differences Between People and Pets
The biggest and most important difference is that most cleaning supplements for humans have fluoride and that same chemical is poisonous for dogs and can cause serious injuries or death. Please use vet recommended brands for dog-formulated toothpaste such as Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste, Vanilla-Mint, Petrodex Enzymatic Toothpaste Dog Poultry Flavored or CET Toothpaste Vanilla/Mint.
There are also different ways to keep your four-legged friends happy when it comes to their teeth. There are plenty of toys that are specifically designed to help keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy. Chews and hard food such as Hill’s® and Royal Canin® brands can also keep the teeth clean, however, make sure the chews are not very hard because they can chip or break your pet’s teeth.
Also, regular professional dental visits and consistent at-home care can go a long way in preventing serious teeth and gum damage. Whenever your pet is in for their shots or a regular checkup ask your vet to check your dog’s teeth to prevent any tartar build up or cavities. Remember that serious dental problems can be prevented if detected early on.
Metzler Veterinary Hospital is happy to provide services for our patients including regular dental check-ups, please call us today to schedule an appointment.