Taking care of a dog is not that difficult, a little reading and a lot of common sense is what you need to give your pet the utmost care it deserves. One area that we neglect though most of the time is dental care. Some people think that a dog’s dental hygiene is not that important. Dental care is important as much as overall health, nutrition and physical activity is. One reason why you want to pay close attention to this matter is because you don’t want to deal with dental disease later on. Don’t think that a dog needs to have bad breath, no it’s not normal! If you don’t brush your dog’s teeth, plaque is going to accumulate and it will turn into tartar or worst it can develop calculus and this can lead to periodontal disease, oral pain, tooth loss and bad breath. If taken for granted, the bacteria in your dog’s mouth can eventually cause heart and kidney problems. If you see any signs that your dog is starting to develop dental disease, address it at the soonest time possible. But then again, prevention is still better than cure.There are some biscuits, bones and chew-eez that are specifically made to control tartar accretion above the gumline but keep in mind that only regular brushing can keep the bacteria from reaching the gumline. Experts say that you need to brush your dog’s teeth at least twice a week. Professional cleanings should be done once a year or every three years. You think it’s hard? The good news is that it’s even easier to brush a dog’s teeth than your own because theirs are spaced more widely so don’t worry about flossing. A toothbrush can actually reach as much as 90% of the areas that needs to be cleaned.What kind of toothbrush are you supposed to use? If you can’t grab a toothbrush made specifically for a dog, you can just use a regular one but make sure it’s made of a soft and nylon bristle. If you have a smaller dog, a child-sized brush will do. If you’re not grossed about it, you can buy a finger brush as this will allow you to access hard-to-reach areas. Do not use regular toothpaste because dogs cannot rinse and spit after brushing. Purchase something that is formulated for a dog which is safe to swallow. Usually, a dog’s toothpaste comes in chicken or beef flavor and it contains water, sorbitol, silica, Trisodium EDTA, Methylparaben, cellulose gum, propylparaben and titanium dioxide. Keep your dog calm and relaxed by stroking his neck area. It will also help if you will let it taste the toothpaste before you brush its teeth. Pull back the lips and cheeks and always brush in circular motion.