Make sure your teeth are brushed before leaving in the morning or right before bed. If you have kids, you make sure they are brushing their teeth too; but who’s brushing the dog’s teeth?
It probably sounds a little crazy, but regular oral care is just as important to your dog as it is to people.
Brushing your dog’s teeth will help prevent plaque and tartar build-up as well as control bacteria that may lead to gum disease. It also gives you an opportunity to inspect your dog’s mouth for broken teeth or trauma and any other orthodontic issues. Best of all, brushing your pooch’s teeth will reduce his smelly breath.
Unlike people, brushing your dog’s teeth can be tedious at first while both of you guys get used to the practice. It is always best to start when your dog is a puppy and be consistent. Allow your dog time to get used to having his teeth brushed, and it’ll become old hat to him no time. The following are some tips for caring for your dog’s dental hygiene.
- Set a quiet time and place for brushing and use happy tones
- Try to sit your dog away from you while brushing his teeth and be gentle
- Only use veterinarian recommended toothpaste made for dogs because people tooth paste foams and may be toxic if swallowed
- Let your dog taste the toothpaste on your finger before you start brushing his teeth and don’t force him to have his teeth brushed. Gradually acquaint him with this practice.
- There are several different types of toothbrushes made for dogs. Find one that works best for your friend. You may have to start with your finger and only work the outside of teeth until your dog gets used to the practice.
- Always wash your hands after brushing your dog’s teeth to prevent the spread of bacteria
Brushing your dog’s teeth will significantly reduce his chances of developing the dental disease and help get him out of the vet’s office faster when he goes in for annual oral visits. Just like other grooming practices, brushing your dog’s teeth will get easier for both of you guys with practice.