Most Pekingese dogs suffer from tartar build-up due to eating only soft foods and from not having their teeth brushed on a regular basis. Tartar build-up can lead to gingivitis, a common cause of bad breath among Pekingese dogs. In fact, dental disease is the most common disease in dogs.
Really foul breath is a symptom of stomatitis: a chronic, debilitating bacterial infection and inflammation of the oral tissues that usually begins in the periodontium (the gums) or facial area (the oropharyngeal area). Stomatitis can result in a severe oral infection causing mouth pain, weight loss, behavioral changes and rough hair coat. In many cases, removal of all of the teeth is necessary as antibiotics don’t always work to treat the infection.
The only way to prevent your Pekingese from having bad breath, or from illness, is to brush your dog’s teeth on a daily basis. Periodontal disease usually affects the back teeth in a Pekingese dog first. It takes less than 36 hours plaque , which forms daily along the gums, to harden into tartar that cannot be removed with a brush. Because of this, brushing should be done daily to remove the plaque from under the gum line.
What you will need:
There are many great flavored dog toothpasteson the market made specifically for dogs. They not only clean the teeth but they contain enzymes which fight bacteria and help to prevent infection. In addition to a canine toothpaste, you will want to invest in a good Toothbrush that is the right size and will do the job quickly.
Petrodex Dog Dental Care Kit
The Petrodex Dog Dental Care Kit makes brushing your dog’s teeth a breeze. Chose between two flavors which dogs love (peanut and/or poultry).
Tips on Brushing your Pekingese Dog’s Teeth:
Make it part of your Peke’s daily routine. Right before a treat may actually teach your dog to look forward to it.
Stay positive and be encouraging, give her lots of praise.
Begin by letting her have a taste of the toothpaste. Gently run your finger over her gumline to get her used to the sensation. You may need to do this a few days before actually introducing the brush. Next, using the toothbrush, get the bristles under the gum line, along the back teeth, by holding the brush at an angle slightly up. Using a toothbrush such as the one included in the Petrodex Dog Dental Care Kit, which is specifically designed for a dogs mouth, will ensure that you are reaching the correct areas. Gently brush from back to front, making small circles along the gum lines. It should take you less than 30 seconds to brush your pet’s teeth. You don’t need to brush all the teeth at once. Take it slowly.
At some point your dog will most likely need a professional cleaning. This often involves anesthetizing the dog, which carries risks, especially in “brachycephalic” dogs, such as the Pekingese, who may have narrow windpipes. Therefore, you can reduce the frequency of having to undergo a professional cleaning as well as the method the vet will need to use by brushing regularly.