Many bulldog owners assume that dog breath is normal, and it can be, but only to some extent. The breath of your bulldog will not always be fresh. However, if the odor is already persistent, there might be a big problem needed to be addressed. In fact, your bulldog is more prone to tartar buildup on his teeth because he is short-nosed or brachycephalic. Additionally, gum disease or periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases which professional veterinarians treat these dogs. Considering that this kind of disease can give your bulldog a high risk of developing kidney and heart diseases, a proper and good dental care is absolutely significant. Below are five simple steps to keep your bulldog’s teeth healthy and clean.
Keep your bulldog’s mouth healthy and clean, and pay attention to those pearly white teeth
How to Clean Bulldog’s Teeth
1. Feed your Bulldog right
Forget about what you have always heard about kibble cleaning your bulldog’s teeth because dry dog foods have very limited benefits to your dog’s dental health. Think about this question: do you consider your teeth clean just because you ate some potato chips? Of course not! Chewing is deemed to be an important component of your dog’s dental health, and raw bones will clean your dog’s teeth better than any dog food available commercially. The raw meat has natural enzymes which help break down plaque, and the bones contain mildly abrasive texture which helps in removing plaque from your dog’s teeth as well. Additionally, your bulldog will love to have raw, meaty bones better than any dog food in his regular diet. Keep in mind also not to use cooked bones because these can splinter. Always choose also bones which are appropriate for your bulldog’s size.
Your bulldog is defined by how he eats. Feed him right to keep him healthy
2. Make your bulldog chew, chew and chew
Another way to improve your bulldog’s dental health is to feed him with bully treats. You can always select bones, dental chews, or biscuits which are explicitly designed to reduce tartar and plaque. Remember to avoid treats with hard and unyielding surfaces such as cow hooves and antlers because they can cause fractured tooth even though they are popular items in any pet supply stores. Also, playtime is an excellent opportunity to improve his dental health with the use of rubber chew toys because they are great choices due to their flexibility. If your bulldog tends to consume his dental treats real fast, give him a chew toy. Select a chew toy which can be filled with edible treats so that your bulldog will likely chew on it for a longer span of time.
Bulldog loves to chew stuff so you would better not leave your bulldog alone with your table’s leg or kitchen cupboard’s corner unattended
3. Conduct mouth and teeth inspection
Inspecting your bulldog’s mouth weekly is a very important part of his dental health. A healthy mouth means no odor, and healthy gums are pink in color. Check also for chipped and loose teeth. If you notice that there are brown deposits around his gum line, your bulldog may already be suffering from the oral disease. Another issue to watch out for is bleeding gums that could potentially be a symptom of gum disease. If you notice these signs or any of these, contact your vet right away for you to schedule an oral examination.
Conducting a mouth inspection is very important in your bulldog’s oral health and hygiene
4. Brush your bulldog’s teeth regularly
Just like us humans, brushing your bulldog’s teeth is the best way there is to prevent gum and any oral disease. You’ll experience an easier time if you start when your bulldog is still a puppy. However, adult bulldogs can learn to tolerate and enjoy the process eventually. The key to this success is selecting a good dog toothpaste flavor that your bulldog will surely like. Never use human toothpaste because some of its contents can potentially be toxic to your dog. When teaching your bulldog to love brushing his teeth, patience and positive reinforcements are important. Don’t start with a toothbrush. Start with allowing him to taste first a small amount of the dog’s toothpaste. Once he becomes comfortable with the taste, apply the toothpaste to your finger and run your finger along your bulldog’s gums. With plenty of treats and praises, your bulldog will soon be ready for you to introduce him to his first dog toothbrush, and brush his teeth! Work from the back teeth to the front, and create small circles along his gum lines. It will only take a minute to brush your bulldog’s teeth.
Brush your bulldog’s teeth on a weekly basis, or as prescribed by your veterinarian
5. Seek professional help
Take your bulldog to your vet for a dental exam and cleaning yearly. Professional cleaning is important to remove tartar and plaque from your bulldog’s teeth which cannot be removed from simple brushing of teeth. A yearly checkup also helps in assessing the overall health of your bulldog’s mouth. Your vet also will check your bulldog for any symptom of the dental disease.
It is recommended to have a yearly wellness checkup or exam to give your bulldog a head-to-tail physical examination, including overall oral health and hygiene
In summary, the above shows you ways on how to clean your bulldog’s teeth. Taking good care of your bulldog’s teeth is one of the essential things you can do so you can protect his overall health. Remember that a healthy and clean mouth smells better, and it will surely save your bulldog from the pain of gum disease and tooth decay. More importantly, protecting your bulldog from any gum disease will lead in protecting him from the damage it can cause to his liver, heart, and kidneys. Keep his dental care a priority and make your healthy bulldog wear a gorgeous grin all the time.