One area of a dog’s hygiene that we often overlook are our canine’s teeth. If you brush your dog’s teeth regularly, you’ll clean away the plaque that can cause bad breath, decayed teeth and serious gum problems. Because the teeth are so often overlooked, over 2/3 of dogs over the age of three have periodontal disease, inflammation or infection of the dog’s gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to painful tooth loss. You shouldn’t ever let it get so far. Start caring for your canine’s oral hygiene as soon as possible. Here’s how to brush dog’s teeth in a few easy steps.
How to brush your dog’s teeth in 12 easy steps:
Brushing your dog’s teeth doesn’t have to be complicated. Therefore, just follow these 12 simple steps and your dog’s pearly whites will be squeaky clean in just a few minutes.
Prepare your dog for getting it’s teeth brushed
- Firstly, choose the right place and time. You have to make sure your dog is feeling comfortable in the environment you’re in. Certainly, also make sure there are no distractions such as other people or dogs.
- Buy a good quality dog toothbrush and toothpaste. You can find them at pet stores or online. Don’t use a human toothbrush as they could damage their gums and make the process harder. Besides that, only use dog toothpaste, as it doesn’t contain toxic chemicals for dogs.
- Make sure that the place you’re brushing your dog’s teeth in has good lightning, you need to see what you’re doing.
- Touch your dog’s teeth and gums without the toothbrush. Instead, use your fingers, but make sure to press gently. Check if your dog has any sensitivity or if they have some sort of tooth pain. Lift the top lip up and hold it while you touch the teeth, then pull the bottom lip down and touch the bottom teeth.
- Take the toothbrush and start touching the front, side, and back of your dog’s teeth. Reward your dog for going through with this, and comfort them if they’re feeling unsure as to what is happening.
- Introduce the toothpaste to your dog. Show it to the dog and let them lick it from your finger.
Start carefully brushing their teeth
- Add the toothpaste to the toothbrush. Never overdo it, remember that a small amount goes a long way.
- Start by brushing their top teeth. Hold up the upper lip with your non-dominant hand, and start brushing with your dominant one. Praise your dog.
- Move from the front teeth further back to the side and back teeth.
- Brush the bottom teeth now. Hold the bottom lip the same way you held the top lip, and start brushing. Start with the front teeth and brush them the same way you brushed their upper teeth.
- After that, move from the front teeth further back to the side and back teeth. Brush the insides of your dog’s teeth as well of you can.
- Above all: Praise and reward your dog! Make it a positive experience for both of you. Give treats, even if it seems a bit counterintuitive. Remember that the initial goal here is to teach the skill, and make them comfortable with having their teeth brushed.
Without a doubt, cleaning your dog’s teeth is just as important as any other part of their grooming. You have to take initiative; Buy a good quality toothbrush and toothpaste. Check your dog’s teeth regularly. Finally, don’t be lazy when it comes to brushing their teeth. Do it regularly and throughly.
Dogs can learn to like the process, like this golden retriever without a doubt does.