Learn how to brush your dog’s teeth at home for better canine dental health. Cleaning your dog’s teeth can prevent bad breath, and also in more severe cases, …
With proper training, brushing your dog's
teeth can be an enjoyable time for both of
you. Brushing helps remove bacteria left behind
after your dog eats. If left to build up,
plaque will form on the gumline, which can
lead to tartar and in severe cases cause painful
periodontal disease.
Before you begin, examine your dog's mouth.
If his gums are inflamed, recessed or bleed
easily when rubbed, you should see a veterinarian
for a professional assessment and cleaning
before attempting to brush your pet's teeth.
You will need dog toothpaste that has a flavor
appealing to your dog. Do not use human toothpaste,
as it can upset your pet's stomach. You'll
also need a dog toothbrush and small but special
treat rewards.
Start training by placing a little dog toothpaste
on your finger and let your dog lick the paste
from your hand. Do this step several days
in a row, and follow it with a treat reward
and lots of praise.
Next, place a little of the paste on your
pet's large canine teeth in front. This gets
your dog used to having something placed against
his teeth and gums. Do this step for several
days, and again, follow it with a reward and
Gradually, introduce the toothbrush you will
use for regular brushing. Place some dog toothpaste
on it and allow your pet to lick it from the
brush. It will get your pet used to the texture
– and of having the brush near his teeth and
gums. Praise and reward your dog, and repeat
this step for several days.
In the final phase, you will actually brush
your dog's teeth. Gently hold back your pet's
lips and hold the brush at a 45 degree angle
to the gumline. Brush the outside of each
tooth, moving the brush gently back and forth.
Talk to your dog in a soothing voice and always
follow brushing sessions with a treat. Brush
just a few teeth the first time, and gradually
lengthen the session each time until you're
brushing all the teeth.
When finished, be sure to reward him with
lots of petting and praise. The rewards and
praise will help him associate brushing as
a positive, rewarding experience.
Ideally, you'll brush your pet's teeth every
day – but at least a few times per week. If
time is tight, give your pet's teeth a quick
cleaning with dental pads. They kill bacteria
on the surface, leaving his mouth fresh. With
just a few minutes of dental care per day,
you'll go a long way toward preventing plaque
buildup – and periodontal disease.

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