Friday, July 15, 2016

How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

Did you know that you should be brushing your dog’s teeth every day? Like us, improper oral hygiene can lead to plaque build up, tartar, and gum disease in our pets. More seriously, these kinds of dental problems, if left unresolved, can lead to potentially fatal diseases and infections in your dog.

The best way to brush your dog’s teeth is with a toothbrush designed specifically for them. There are different varieties to choose from, and depending on your dog’s preference and size of their mouth, you may find that a double-headed toothbrush or one that you simply slip over your own finger works best. Use toothpaste formulated specifically for dogs, and brush their teeth the way you would your own, scrubbing each tooth along with the gum line.

This procedure can take some time for your dog to get used to, so make sure you are doing it often in order to make it a part of their normal routine. Take it easy the first few times if your dog isn’t a fan. Start by simply putting the toothbrush or a little bit of toothpaste into their mouth without much movement, and work up to brushing their teeth for a minute or so. If you have any concerns about your dog’s teeth or mouth, such as bad breath, bleeding gums or difficulty eating or chewing, contact your veterinarian.