Daily brushing your schnauzer’s teeth is very important to remove the plaque, and to prevent tartar buildup which leads to dental problems like gum disease, gingivitis and periodontal diseases. Unhealthy teeth are a major health hazard as bacteria can enter the blood stream through the infected teeth/mouth causing heart or kidney problems as well.
Cleaning the schnauzer’s teeth
The Schnauzer has forty two permanent teeth with twenty teeth in the upper jaw and twenty two teeth in the lower jaw. It takes just one minute to brush your pet’s teeth which is a simple process.
- Set a fixed time to clean your pet’s teeth. Train him as a puppy so teeth cleaning becomes a fun activity by regularly rewarding him
- Find a comfortable place and have the tools ready before you start brushing his teeth
- Check your pet’s gums and teeth for any signs of plaque or tartar buildup
- Check with your fingers for any abnormalities on the teeth or gums, or if he expresses pain when you touch these areas
- Begin by rubbing your finger on his teeth and gums when he is a puppy. After a few days he will become used to the idea of having his teeth being touched, that’s when you introduce the toothpaste. In the meantime give him the canine toothpaste to play with
- Apply the toothpaste on the toothbrush and brush his teeth in circular motion. Never use human toothpaste as the fluoride is harmful to dogs. Remember he cannot rinse out the toothpaste, most of which he will swallow
- Gently brush all teeth without applying too much pressure. Remove the plaque and food that is stuck between the teeth. Gently massage the gums to strengthen them
- Keep your pet calm by talking to him and praising him
Why brushing teeth is necessary?
- Plaque removal prevents bacterial buildup which can destroy the gum line resulting in tooth loss
- Plaque with saliva, builds up into tartar which stains the teeth and has to be removed by a professional under anesthesia
- It is necessary to keep your pet’s mouth odor free. Bad breath is a symptom of an underlying disease
- Gingivitis or inflammation of the gums is caused by plaque which affects the teeth and gums and this is a breeding ground for bacteria which may enter the blood stream and lead to heart and kidney disease
- The tooth may become fractured by chewing on hard objects. Your pet cannot express the pain as a pet owner it is up to you to check for indications that may cause pain to your beloved pet
Express your love for your schnauzer by taking care of his dental hygiene as dental care can increase your pet’s life span by almost two years.