How do you know if you needs your teeths cleaned?
1. The Breath Test - if your breath smells nasty you probably need your teeth cleaned. Everybody was complaining about my bad breath, they weren't being MEAN it seriously stank because the stick had caused an abscess.
2. Lip Service
Once a week, with your dog facing you, lift his lips and examine his gums and teeth. The gums should be pink, not white or red, and should show no signs of swelling. His teeth should be clean, without any brownish tartar.
3. Signs of Oral Disease
The following are signs that your dog may have a problem in his mouth or gastrointestinal system and should be checked by a veterinarian:
- Bad breath
- Excessive drooling
- Inflamed gums
- Tumors in the gums
- Cysts under the tongue
- Loose teeth
We now has doggie toothpaste and toothbrushes. I likes having my teeth brushed. Fenris not so much, I sees a dental cleaning in his future. We also has some stuffs Mommy can put in our water for out teeths and the veterinarian gave us a sample of special food for healthy teeth. (Hill's® Prescription Diet® t/d® Canine Dental Health) It was very tasty, we ate it as treats and we has barked at Mommy to get us some more.
~Tuiren, reporting for ATCAD