Teeth brushing can actually be a very fun experience for your dog. Make sure you accustom your dog to having their teeth touched to make the entire session much easier to handle. Never use human toothpaste for dogs because it contains foaming agents and fluoride. These chemicals are harmful when ingested. Hence human toothpastes should never be used on dogs. Instead, use doggy toothpastes that come in a variety of flavors (mint or meat). Try out new flavors and see which one your canine likes. Also check on the ingredients properly before you brush your dog’s teeth.
How To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth
If you have a large dog, a soft children’s toothbrush should be just fine for them. You can also buy doggy toothbrushes which come in varying sizes, depending on the size of your dog.
- Let the dog lick some toothpaste off your finger
- Show the toothbrush to your dog
- Dab a little bit of toothpaste on the soft brush and gently move in circular motions from the back teeth to the front
- Clean the outer part of the teeth
- Brush the inside surfaces
- Keep a bit of water ready to moisten the brush before adding the paste and also while brushing
- Make it a routine
Brushing your pooch’s pearly whites will not take more than ten minutes but will save them from many gum diseases and tartar buildup. Some dogs naturally have good teeth while others are more liable to tartar buildup and gingivitis. Either ways, you need to brush your dog’s teeth once every day to ensure healthy gums for your lovely little canines!
Which flavor toothpaste does your dog enjoy? Please tell us about your dog’s first time teeth brushing experience.
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