Some pet owners might not know how important it is to keep their dogs’ mouths healthy and those who do might not understand what they can do to help them. One way to ward off plaque, periodontal disease and other serious mouth-related conditions is to brush your dog’s teeth.
This may seem like a daunting task, however following certain steps and being patient will pay off when your pooch doesn’t have dental disease later in life.
In order to successfully brush your dogs teeth, you’ll first need to get all of the right pet products like a toothbrush and animal-friendly toothpaste. The Petrodex Finger Toothbrush might be easier to use as the brush slips over your finger and you then move it around and over the dog’s teeth. You might also want to get the C.E.T. Hygiene Kit for Dogs and Cats as the pack comes with a standard animal toothbrush, a finger brush and animal toothpaste.
Once you have the right items you can start to introduce the products to your dog. Start by showing your dog the brush and toothpaste and let it sniff, lick, smell and even taste both to make the dog more comfortable. Try to offer it a treat like Greenies for Dogs, which also helps to clean animals’ mouths, when it is calm and relaxed around the products. This will reinforce that the act of brushing is not punishment.
When the dog is used to the items, try to start massaging its teeth with your hands without toothpaste, This will get the dog used to having your hands there and might make the process easier once you start adding the toothpaste. Once you feel that the dog is comfortable with you rubbing its teeth, try putting on the finger toothbrush and toothpaste and then start massaging its teeth and gums.
Start off slow, and remove your finger if the dog becomes uncomfortable or anxious. Then try again once it calms down. After a few weeks, the dog should be familiar with the procedure and should have no problem having its teeth brushed.
During brushing you’ll want to focus on the upper and outer molars and get in close between where the teeth and gums meet as plaque and bacteria tends to fester in this region. Work up a lather by gently brushing each tooth in five second intervals – try to work up to a two minute daily brushing over time for best results.
You can also help keep your dog’s mouth healthy by wiping its teeth with Max’s Super Dental Wipes or adding C.E.T. AquaDent Drinking Water Additive to its water that it will drink up after eating its pet food.