dog getting his teeth brushed by ownerNo matter if you’re a 45 year old man, a sneaky orange tabbycat, a 20 year old mom, a lively Labrador Retriever, or an ever-growing 5 year old, oral hygiene is all the same. Taking care of your mouth requires proper brushing techniques as well as a healthy diet and proper hydration. We all know that brushing is important and we should all brush our teeth at least twice a day, preferably after each meal. Brushing cleans the teeth as well as the gums and helps to get rid of any plaque and other bacteria build-up that commonly exists naturally. Not brushing allows for bacteria to build up within the mouth which can lead to enamel loss, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.

At the same time, doctors, dentists, and veterinarians alike also preach the importance of a healthy diet when it comes to proper oral hygiene. Sure having a piece of candy here and there won’t ruin your teeth, but a diet high in sugary, processed, and refined foods can make one more prone to cavities as well as tooth and gum infections. Not only is a proper diet important, but consistent hydration is also key in the health of your and your dog’s oral health. Dehydration causes the mouth to become dry, which allows for bacteria to multiply in numbers, therefore increasing your chances of suffering from some sort of oral infection.

Remember, your mouth plays a large role in the health of the rest of your body. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to cardiovascular problems in a variety of studies. With proper brushing, flossing, a healthy diet, and regular visits to the dentist, you can ensure that your oral health is where it should be. For help with keeping your smile beautiful and better understanding your oral health, contact Dr. Siegel’s office for routine check-ups and cosmetic dental help.