Poor dental care in dogs can lead to a wide range of health issues, ranging from simple bad breath to serious infections. Here’s what you need to know to care for your dog’s teeth.
Dental Care Supplies
- Dog toothpaste. Use special canine toothpaste to avoid toxic ingredients. They will be safe to swallow and will taste good to your dog.
- Dog toothbrush. Go for a canine-specific toothbrush that fits your dog’s breed. Angled head brushes with soft bristles are great options.
- Dental treats. These can help reduce overall buildup of tartar. Ask your vet for recommendations.
How To Brush A Dog’s Teeth
- Step 1: Let your dog get used to your fingers being around and in their mouth. Take it slow.
- Step 2: Let your dog get used to the toothbrush and toothpaste. Let them lick the toothpaste off your fingers, then your brush.
- Step 3: After days or weeks of acclimatization, get started for real. Put your dog in front of you and gently hold them down.
- Step 4: Lift the upper lip of your dog and gently push in the brush. Use a circular motion to brush the gum line of the front teeth. Start with upper teeth, then go lower, and then move slowly to the back teeth. Only brush the outside area of the teeth.
- Step 5: After many sessions, you should be able to brush the very far back teeth, too.
- Step 6: Finish up with a lot of praise, playtime, or a dental treat, even if you don’t get very far.
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