This post will outline how to brush your dog’s teeth in order to minimize the risk of an oral disease, as well as how to know when you’re doing a good job. It will also provide advice on what kind of toothbrush is best for your dog, and give some tips about how much toothpaste you should use.
Choosing a Dog Toothbrush and Toothpaste
First of all, you will need to choose an appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste for your dog. It’s important that you don’t use human toothpaste and toothbrushes for this – a dogs teeth and gums are very different and the taste is also important. Choose a toothpaste with a taste that your dog likes such as chicken or beef!
Get him used to the Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Before you can properly brush your dogs teeth, you will need to get him or her used to the toothpaste and toothbrush. Make it all very positive – when the toothbrush comes out the dog gets to lick the nice tasting toothpaste from the brush, and that is all for at least a few days!
How to Brush your Dogs Teeth Step by Step
Begin by opening up your dog’s mouth and examining his or her teeth. This process should take less time than it might seem, and if anything appears off — such as unusually yellowed teeth — then bring your pet into a veterinarian right away.
Next up, wet down the toothbrush with water in order to lubricate the bristles. Then, use the toothpaste to brush your dog’s teeth.
You might discover that some areas of your dog’s mouth are harder to clean than others, but don’t stress. The point is not to get every single little tooth brushed but just to ensure that you cover all your bases. If you want you can use a finger to rub around the dental calculus (layers of mineralized plaque) before giving it a quick rinse in warm water under the tap.
How often should I brush my dogs teeth?
If you brush your dog’s teeth every day, then you shouldn’t have to do much to maintain. If you’re having trouble remembering it, try writing it in a journal and then reading it out to yourself once a week.