While oral hygiene is often overlooked, a healthy pair of teeth will make the life of any dog much better. If you don’t take care of your dog’s teeth and avoid brushing them, your dog is at risk of developing periodontal diseases. If you are unsure how to brush your dog’s teeth, you can read our tutorial here. However, if you are wondering what your choices are when it comes to the best dog toothbrush — then this article is for you.
Is it safe to use a human toothbrush?
As our dogs can’t tell us which toothbrush they fancy the most, they depend on us to make the decision. However, many dog owners get overwhelmed when having to decide. Some dog owners are even unaware that there are special dog toothbrushes and go for the ones that are made for humans. However, that isn’t a good decision. Dog toothbrushes are specifically designed to easily access every part of your dog’s jaw. They are making it easier for you to effectively clean your dog’s teeth while still not doing any harm to his gums.
Some people go one step further and use their old toothbrush to clean their dog’s teeth. However, not only is this unhygienic, but our old and used toothbrushes are way to hard for our dog’s delicate gums. They could possibly cause bleeding or sore gums. If you are one of those people that just uses their old toothbrush to clean your dog’s pearly whites — please just stop.
What do I need to consider when picking a toothbrush for my dog?
If you have picked up a good dog toothpaste, the taste of it should most likely be pleasant for your dog. However, if you are struggling to find one that your dog likes, you can try one of our DIY ones, just click here to get the recipes.
But when it comes to the right toothbrush, one major factor that you should consider is the size of your dog. Bigger dogs require bigger toothbrushes with longer handles and bristles on both sides. A longer handle will help you get to the back of your dog’s jaw.
Also, don’t forget to change your dog’s toothbrush regularly. That’s why it’s most convenient to buy a pack of two or toothbrushes that your dog likes best. This will not only be more practical, but also more economical and will create less packaging waste.
How to choose the right type of toothbrush?
Now that we explained to you all of the factors that play a role in the best dog toothbrush for your canine, it’s up to you to choose the right type.
There are different types of dog toothbrushes created for the individual needs of different dogs and their caring owners.
The three most common ones are:
- Single-Headed Dog Toothbrush
Single headed dog toothbrushes are very similar to regular human toothbrushes. However, the bristles of these toothbrushes are incredibly soft and don’t hurt your dog’s delicate teeth or gums. Another difference is that dog toothbrushes come with a curved end.
2.Double-Headed Dog Toothbrush
If you want to quickly brush your dog’s teeth, a double-headed dog toothbrush would be the best choice. They clean both sides of your dog’s teeth simultaneously.
- Double-Ended Toothbrush
Double-ended dog toothbrushes have different size brushes on each end. This can be quite practical when cleaning different types of teeth in your dog’s mouth. For example when switching from cleaning molars to incisors.
Choose the right type based on what you and your dog are comfortable with. Also based on your lifestyle routine and time to brush your dog’s teeth.