How Do I Brush My Dog's Teeth?

by: Roy Smith, D.D.S.

If you’re a dog owner, you probably know that dogs get cavities and periodontal disease just like humans do. But many pet owners don’t know how to do their part to make sure their pets’ mouths are in good shape.

While some may recommend brushing your dog’s teeth as often as every day, you should talk to your vet about how often is necessary for your pet. Even once or twice a week will make a difference. Then once a year during a routine checkup, the vet may recommend a deep cleaning, possibly while your dog is under anesthesia.

The good news is it’s easy to keep your dog’s teeth clean. Follow the steps below, and your pup will have a sparkling smile, just like you.

•    Give your dog a food meant to clean teeth, as well as plenty of bones to chew on. This can help prevent gum disease and periodontal disease.
•    A cloth toy to chew on removes dental plaque. Remember to throw it in the laundry every couple of weeks.
•    Use a toothbrush and toothpaste made specifically for dogs. Human toothpaste has ingredients that can make your pet sick, so make sure you have the right kind on hand.
•    Make sure your dog is relaxed when it’s time to clean. Speak to your dog in a quiet, reassuring voice and stop if they become overly alarmed or agitated.
•    When you’re done brushing, be sure to reward your pup with a treat and a pat on the head – they deserve it!

Take care of your dog’s teeth, and you’ll both be happy about the result.

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