Brush Your Dog’s Teeth
How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth at Home
Brushing your dog’s teeth is an important part of maintaining your pet’s overall health and well-being. Regular dental care can help prevent calculus accumulation, gum disease, and other dental problems, and can improve your dog’s breath and overall health.
Human toothpaste should never be used for our pets, as it can be toxic and is not formulated for consumption. Pets are prone to swallowing toothpaste during brushing, and the ingredients in human toothpaste can harm their health.
To prevent periodontal disease in our furry friends, it’s crucial to establish a consistent dental care routine. The Veterinary Oral Health Council recommends brushing their teeth daily. If daily is not possible, try every other day. Plaque turns into tartar after 48hrs.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to brush your dog’s teeth:
Gather your supplies: To prepare for your dog’s dental care, gather the following items: dog-specific toothpaste (VOHC approved), a small toothbrush (children’s toothbrushes are ideal due to their compact size) or a finger brush, and gauze.
Familiarize your dog with the toothbrush: Present the toothbrush and toothpaste to your dog, allowing them to sniff and taste them. This step will help your dog grow comfortable with these new items and may facilitate a smoother brushing experience. Remember, acclimation could take days or even weeks, so practice patience. Once your dog is accustomed to the toothbrush and toothpaste, you can begin attempting to brush their teeth.
Brush your dog’s teeth: Place a small amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush, and gently brush your dog’s teeth using circular motions. Be sure to brush the fronts, and tops of the teeth, as well as the gum line. If your dog is resistant to the toothbrush, you can try using a finger brush or gauze instead.
Reward your dog: After brushing, give your dog a small treat or praise to reward them for their cooperation.
By following these steps, you can brush your dog’s teeth safely and effectively. If you have any concerns or questions about brushing your dog’s teeth, don’t hesitate to ask your veterinarian for advice.