It is vital that dogs teeth are maintained and cared for on a regular basis. In fact many ailments that a dog may suffer from comes directly from the lack of care for the teeth and gums. Also, not tending to teeth and gums can create a painful situation that can impede the ability for a dog to even eat. This means that as a dog begins to age, his ability to properly eat begins to diminish. The teeth and gums function much like a humans, in that they have their intended purpose of eating, but also act a trap for bacteria and cavity causing germs. The biggest problem with this is that mouth, because the mucus membrane layer, acts as a gateway for germs and bacteria to enter into the blood stream.
The best thing that you can do for your pet is to make sure that he receives regular cleanings, like a person would. This could either take place in a veterinarians office, or on your own. There are many products out on the market that can help with this task. Products such as chicken or beef flavored toothpaste, doggie toothbrushes that taste like chocolate, and of course the popular Dentibone that is on the market. You can find all of these products in your local pet store, or with your local vet. By being proactive about your pets dental needs, you are doing him a favor, and guaranteeing that a healthy life, is being presented to the best of your ability through proper care and provisions. This will also mean that tooth loss, pain in the gums, and problems eating will be avoided. If you pet has bright red and inflamed gums, and ring around the bottom, of their teeth, and horrible breath, it is time that you consider an intense teeth cleaning.