For most dogs getting their teeth brushed is not their favorite form of care. It probably ranks right up there with going to the vet. If you are having a hard time brushing your dog's teeth, give this tooth brushing hack a try.
4-Step Dog Tooth Brushing Hack
Step 1: Fetch your dog's favorite toy, preferably one that is round or squishy that keeps them occupied.
Step 2: Put the toy near your dog's mouth and have them bite down.
Step 3: Keep one hand on the toy and hold the toothbrush in your other.
Step 4: Commence with brushing!
The toy will keep your dog's mouth occupied as you work to clean their teeth. It also acts as a distraction for your pup, doubling as playtime!
What is Proper Dog Tooth Brushing Method?
Once you have your pup ready to get their teeth cleaned, it is essential to focus on the correct technique. You want to have a toothbrush that has soft, quality bristles and a dog toothpaste with a flavor your pup will enjoy. There are many different flavors like peanut butter or chicken that most dogs seem to enjoy. Keep in mind that fluoride can be harmful to your pooch's digestive system, so keep it to fluoride-free toothpaste.
Baking soda can also cause digestive and stomach issues for your dog, and it does not have the best taste. Also, make sure you do not use human toothpaste as it often contains these ingredients. It also contains xylitol which is highly toxic to dogs. To be safe, only buy pet toothpaste.
Take the brush and move it in circular motions on your dog's teeth taking care to hit the gum line and your dog's back teeth. Accessibility may be an issue for some pet owners, so that you can try a finger brush instead of a regular dog toothbrush.
How Often Should I Brush My Dog's Teeth?
To make sure your dog has adequate oral health, you should brush your dog's teeth often. To keep them used to the process, you can try brushing their teeth for a couple of seconds daily. Once your pup is used to the process, you should shoot for daily brushing. If your dog does not go for daily brushings, try to brush their teeth at least three days a week.
Dental treats can also help keep your dog's teeth clean on the days they will not allow you to brush.
Why is Proper Dog Dental Care Necessary?
Your dog's dental health affects its overall health. To make sure they do not develop any dental disease, their teeth need to be brushed.
Periodontal disease is prevalent in dogs. It is caused when plaque buildup triggers the start of gingivitis or gum disease. Tartar and plaque can also lead to your dog having bad breath.
If your dog does not get proper dental care, it can end up with tooth loss. Losing teeth will affect their overall health and wellness.
Another vital part of your dog's oral care is professional dental cleanings. Your DVM or vet can provide your dog with teeth cleaning at their office.
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