Dental Care
Irish Terriers should have their teeth brushed regularly. They will actually appreciate the feel of a clean mouth and you will take pride in their pearly white teeth and fresh breath. What’s more, regular tooth brushing offers frequent opportunities to spot any oral problems that need the attention of your vet.
Dog owners frequently overlook mouth care. The buildup of plaque is responsible for gingivitis and other diseases of the canine gums and tooth roots, as well as of the bones and ligaments surrounding the teeth. Such diseases affect 95% of most dogs over the age of five. Bacteria and associated toxins, when circulated by the blood, can cause heart, liver, joint, and kidney diseases.
A heavy buildup of plaque is typically removed under anesthesia. Older dogs are frequently in need of this treatment. Unfortunately, their advanced years put them at higher risk of complications from anesthesia. Preventive care at home is far better than subjecting your dog to this risk. Battery powered toothbrushes, dental scrapers, and dog toothpaste are a few of the items you will need to get this job done.
Irish Terrier teeth tend to be in close proximity to each other, making it imperative to keep them clean. Be particularly sure that you reach way back to the molars that can be hard to see.
Examine the mouth regularly from puppyhood to old age. Starting early accustoms the dog to having your fingers in its mouth. Monitor teeth, tongue, and gums. If you observe something that you deem questionable, bring it to the attention of your vet.
How often should you brush?
At least twice a week! You should start during puppyhood using a flavored dog toothpaste. Once your puppy has grown its adult teeth, you can start brushing regularly. If a small amount of tartar has built up on the teeth at the gum line, you may wish to use a tooth scraper to carefully remove the tartar. It is best to get instructions from your vet prior to attempting this procedure.
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