Proper dental hygiene is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. Just like us, your French Bulldog’s teeth can gather plaque after eating and when that plaque builds up, hardens and becomes the brown substance we all know as tartar. The tartar will accumulate and work it’s way under the gums and cause your Frenchie to experience painful infections and gum disease. People brush their teeth multiple times per day to prevent the build up of tartar, so what does your dog do?
Teeth Brushing for your French Bulldog
Veterinarians recommend that dog owners brush their dog’s teeth at least twice per week to keep the tartar build up under control. Most pet stores will carry specially formulated toothpaste and specially designed brushes just for your dog. Because a dog’s sense of taste and smell is far more powerful than ours, trying to brush your Frenchie’s teeth with your mint toothpaste will be a terrible experience for them. It is recommended that you only use the dog toothpaste when doing this because it will make it easier to get your Frenchie used to the idea of having his teeth brushed regularly.
Brushing your French Bulldog’s teeth can be a time consuming and possibly difficult experience on a regular basis. If you are finding that you are looking for an alternative method to the brushing, look no further than a dental chew. Your Frenchie’s natural tendency to chew is a built-in dental care mechanism. Dog biscuits will break into small pieces when chewed and rub against the teeth to help remove some of the build up. There is never a substitute for brushing that will work as well, but if you can’t do the brushing make sure that you can give your Frenchie a crunchy biscuit on a regular basis.
Mouth Diseases in French Bulldogs
Frenchies that don’t receive proper dental care and don’t have regular access to teeth cleaning foods run the risk of several types of mouth disease. These diseases can be as mild as gingivitis and as serious as a bacterial infection that can spread throughout your French Bulldog’s bloodstream causing organ damage. It is critically important to take proper care of your dog’s teeth on a regular basis.
Just like humans have access to a dentist, dental services are available for dogs as well. A dog’s teeth can be filled, capped and even pulled if necessary. The best course of action, however is prevention. Providing proper dental care to your dog over time will prevent unnecessary pain and discomfort to your Frenchie, not to mention a costly dental bill to you.