Your dog has teeth to help him chew his food, just like you - his human - but when was the last time you brushed his teeth? If you don't take care of your own dental health, you end up with cavities and other issues - your dog can too. Your dog's teeth need to be cared for. His teeth should be brushed at least a few times per week, and he should go in for routine dental cleanings. If your dog has tooth issues, it can spread to other parts of his body and lead to heart or liver damage. If you aren't sure how to care for your dog's teeth, read below for helpful information.

Brush With A Canine Toothbrush

Don't run out and purchase a rotating Oral-B toothbrush made for humans to use on your dog. Your dog won't like the rotating brush and is most likely going to try and chew through the plastic head - either way it's not going to end well. Only use a canine toothbrush on your dog, and only use canine toothpaste on your dog as well. You can find these items at your local pet supply store. The toothbrush is made for dogs and won't harm them, and the toothpaste is made to taste good to them, not minty like a human toothpaste.

Brush Weekly

Your dog's teeth don't need to be brushed twice daily like human teeth do, but it should be done at least once per week or more often if your dog is beginning to show signs of dental diseases, such as darkening of the gums and brown teeth stains. If you've never brushed your dog's teeth before, it may be a difficult process at first until your dog gets used to it. Brush for a short period of time to start and then try to work your way up to being able to brush all of your dog's teeth.

Take Your Dog For Routine Cleanings

You should take your dog in for a cleaning at least once per year for a good cleaning by the veterinarian. The veterinarian will look at your dog's teeth and inspect his gums and teeth for any signs of oral health issues such as gingivitis or gum disease, as well as rotting teeth. If your dog has any dental issues, they can be treated properly by the veterinarian to prevent further health concerns. If you aren't taking care of your dog's teeth, you need to start. It can add years to your dog's life by preventing health concerns such as liver disease or heart problems. 

To learn more information about pet dental care, reach out to a professional near you.