Keeping those Teeth Clean and Healthy

Oral care should not be overlooked in the Doberman. Dogs tend to keep their teeth in good order by chewing on bones and their saliva is a powerful antiseptic that limits bacteria growth significantly. There are still areas in the Doberman’s mouth that seem not to benefit from bone chewing. Also, the Doberman can be rough on his teeth so the mouth should be inspected regularly for wounded gums or damaged teeth that could be causing pain not otherwise displayed.

It’s important to have available bones and other safe chew items for oral health. These items will not do the whole job however. There are a variety of biscuits and special chew items that claim to promote oral health. These are also insufficient regardless of advertised claims.

A good habit is to brush the Doberman’s teeth every month. There is special dog toothpaste that should be used, not human toothpaste. Also, there are special dog tooth brushes made for their very different mouths. These brushes make the job easier.

Like most types of Doberman care, starting early and staying consistent makes the job easier. A Doberman accustomed to teeth brushing will patiently wait with an open mouth while you brush away. The first few time will be challenging though. The Doberman will bite down on the brush and lick at the toothpaste, which is apparently quite tasty.

A helpful technique is wrapping the bottom jaw with a wash rag while you brush the top and then wrap the top while you brush the bottom.

Removal of plaque is also necessary. If you do this yourself, it is important to use care and only attempt scraping a few teeth at a time. There are special plaque scrapers that work well, but these tools are sharp and can cause accidental injury.

The most effective solution to the removal of plaque is to make an oral health appointment with your veterinarian. During this appointment the Doberman will be slightly sedated, enabling his teeth to be thoroughly scraped and brushed.

Oral health in the Doberman can also be improved by avoiding certain snacks and foods. Chewy processed high calorie snacks are bad for many reasons, including their contribution to tooth decay. People food can also be bad, particularly anything sticky or containing sugar.

Hard bones should be provided sparingly. A better choice for consistent chew items are the rubber bones or the new types which are specifically designed for safety and oral health.

The Doberman likes to chew so plenty of chew items should be provided. Likewise, unhealthy items that may invite chewing should be kept away from the Doberman; items such as plastic bottles and tasty tin cans.