The condition of a dog’s teeth are an important part of their overall health, yet they are often overlooked during grooming. Clean teeth reduce the risk of gum disease, bad breath, and decaying teeth. Many organizations, like the American Kennel Club, recommend brushing your dog’s teeth every day, although even starting with once a week can make a difference in the health of your dog.
If you have never brushed your dog’s teeth before, you should not expect to be able to do a full brushing on the first day. Both you and your dog will need some time to get used to the process and should take it slowly to avoid creating any negative experiences.
To start, you will need:
Next, acclimate your dog. The process of teeth brushing should always be positive. If you or your dog get stressed, stop immediately.
Do not stand over your dog or hold them down while brushing. Touch her teeth and gums regularly with your finger, and later with the toothbrush so that she is familiar with the sensation. Also let her try some of the toothpaste so she knows the flavor.
When you are ready to try brushing your dog’s teeth, wait for a time when you are both calm and undistracted. Then use the preparation you’ve done over the past days and brush his teeth with these steps:
The process should last about two minutes, but do not worry if you can’t brush all your dog’s teeth at first. Go slowly and build up the routine over time.
To maintain your dog’s teeth in between brushing, purchase special treats and toys designed to remove plaque and freshen her breath.These can help keep your dog healthy while also providing a welcome reward.