I love chewing on things: my crunchy food, sticks, hot wheels cars. I even chew on my brother's train tracks. I thought all that crunching, and my dental treats, would keep my teeth clean. They don't! Mommy told me that eating crunchy food doesn't keep her from going to the dentist either. (I bet she hasn't tried hot wheels though) That gross stuff you can see gets under your gums too. It grows bacteria and then the bacteria get into the blood and can cause heart and kidney damage. She also said that if my teeth aren't cleaned by my doctor, I might have to get them pulled when I am older. I guess that would be better than having them hurt though. Have you every had a sore tooth? It's awful!
I'm a good girl but even the best of us can't lay still and hold our mouth open to have our teeth cleaned. That's why some pet moms and dads worry. I learned that the doctors run special tests on our blood so they can make the sleeping medicine (anesthesia) much safer! Before we wake up medicines will be given to help keep bacteria from causing problems and other medicines too- so we don't hurt! Mommy said she goes to the dentist every 6 months, but I only need to go once a year (unless the doctors want to keep an eye on something.)
Do you think you might need a dental cleaning? Let's find out!
-Do you have brown, black or greenish icky stuff on your teeth?
-Do your humans think your breath smells bad?
-Are your gums red and puffy?
-Does it hurt to chew?
-Do you have a sore in your mouth?
If you do get your teeth cleaned don't be afraid or worry. It's really not scary and your mouth will feel so much better when you're done; especially if you have an ouchy tooth that needs to come out.
Here's to squeaky clean teeth and pain-free mouths!
Love and licks (and no bad breath)
PS - the pictures above are of my friend Sammy. Don't his shiny white teeth look great!
I'm Kona, a 2 year old Rottweiler. I love to run, play and give kisses....alot of licks means alot of kisses! Mom has worked at Stone House for almost 12 years and was just waiting for the perfect dog and I'M IT!! I also have a cat brother and 3 people siblings. I love them all (but the cat won't believe me!)