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Brushing Your Dog's Teeth: A Step-by-Step Guide

Vet Dr Nicole Rous with Dog Pickle brushing dog teeth with Soothe + Clean dog toothpaste
Having a healthy mouth is essential for your dog’s overall health and well-being. Just like humans, dogs need to have their teeth brushed regularly to prevent plaque and tartar buildup, which can lead to gum disease and other dental problems. Brushing your dog’s teeth may seem like a daunting task, but with the right approach, it can be a simple and enjoyable experience for both you and your pup. Here’s a step-by-step guide to brushing your dog’s teeth.

Shy Tiger Dog Toothpaste

Choose the Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste

The first step in brushing your dog’s teeth is to choose the right toothbrush and toothpaste. You’ll want to choose a toothbrush that is specifically designed for dogs, as human toothbrushes are too large and can be uncomfortable for your pup. Look for a toothbrush with soft bristles and a comfortable handle. When it comes to toothpaste, you’ll want to choose one that is specifically designed for dogs. Human toothpaste is not safe for dogs, as it contains ingredients that can be harmful if swallowed.

Introduce Your Dog to Brushing

Once you have the right toothbrush and toothpaste, you’ll want to introduce your dog to the process of brushing. Start by letting your pup get used to the toothbrush and toothpaste by letting them sniff and lick them. You can also let them lick a bit of the toothpaste off of your finger to get them used to the taste. Once your pup is comfortable with the toothbrush and toothpaste, you can start brushing their teeth.

Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

Shy Tiger dental fingerbrush for dogs

Now that your pup is comfortable with the toothbrush and toothpaste, you can start brushing their teeth. Start by lifting your pup’s lips and gently brushing the outside of their teeth. Use a circular motion and make sure to brush the front and back of each tooth. You can also brush the inside of their teeth, but be gentle and take your time. Once you’ve finished brushing their teeth, reward your pup with a treat and lots of praise.

 

Maintain a Regular Brushing Schedule

Once you’ve gotten your pup used to the process of brushing their teeth, it’s important to maintain a regular brushing schedule. Aim to brush your pup’s teeth at least two to three times a week. This will help to prevent plaque and tartar buildup and keep your pup’s teeth and gums healthy.

Brushing your dog’s teeth may seem like a daunting task, but with the right approach, it can be a simple and enjoyable experience for both you and your pup. By following the steps outlined above, you can help keep your pup’s teeth and gums healthy and prevent dental problems down the road.

Author; Chris Loverseed from Positive K9 Training

Positive K9 Training are the leading dog trainers in Melbourne, offering professional in home training for puppies and dogs.

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