Does your dog have clean teeth?
I have to admit, it's not always the first thing on my mind unless I catch a sniff of that stinky breath! Dogs can get gum and tooth disease just like humans, which can lead to pain and infection. Here are some helps for brushing your dog's teeth:
- First start off with a soft, clean toothbrush. You can buy a special dog toothbrush, or even use a human toothbrush with soft bristles.
- Use "toothpaste for dogs only". This toothpaste is specifically formulated for your dog. You can buy it from your vet or pet store in such dog friendly flavors like beef or chicken! DO NOT use human toothpaste which can harm your pet.
How To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth:
- First, let them lick the toothpaste off the toothbrush or your finger so they can get a taste for it.
- Second, lift up your dog's lip with your fingers. You may try brushing their gums with just your finger at first, or try a finger brush. Let them get used to the feel of your fingers in their mouth. This may take them awhile to get used to and can be practiced several times before actually brushing their teeth with a brush.
- Next, gently brush your dog's teeth. Use a soft toothbrush on the outside of your dog's teeth in circular motions just as you would with your own teeth. Hopefully, your dog will eventually let you open their mouth to brush the inside teeth too.
- Lastly, be sure to praise your dog when it's over. Make sure they know that brushing their teeth is rewarding, not a punishment. They will eventually look forward to it!
Just as it's important for you to have regular check ups at the dentist, it's also important to maintain a regular oral hygiene schedule with your dog. Make sure you take them to the veterinarian for regular check ups and teeth cleanings. This can help prevent serious dental problems, and may even save their life!