You can get your dog’s teeth dazzling white using our tips for brushing your dog’s teeth. It seems some dogs enjoy having their teeth brushed, while others will fight you on this. Either way, you must keep your dog’s teeth clean.
Below are our best tips to help you brush your dog’s teeth regularly.
Select the Right Toothbrush
You’ll want to buy a toothbrush that’s made specifically for dogs. Their mouth needs a softer brush than human beings can use. There are also the finger style toothbrushes that will work. You’ll slip the tooth “brush” over your finger and use that instead of hand-held doggy toothbrush.
Since most human toothpaste has fluoride added, you can’t use this for your dog. Make sure you purchase toothpaste that’s safe for your furry pooch. There are toothpaste options out there for dogs that come in their favorite flavors like poultry or beef.
You’ll want your dog to remain comfortable during the process of brushing its teeth. This will be a regular occurrence, so getting your dog comfortable with the process will help make it easier to brush your dog’s teeth every time this task is required.
Get Your Dog Used to It
Before you attempt to put the brush or toothpaste near your dog’s mouth, start getting your dog used to the idea that you’ll be near their mouth. Open the mouth with your finger, touch their teeth with your finger, and do similar acts so that your dog starts to get comfortable with you putting your fingers in their mouth.
When you’re done brushing your dog’s teeth, give them a nice chew treat that works to help get some plaque off. They make dental chews for all size dogs. This is the perfect treat to end your teeth brushing session with. The dog is happy they got a treat, and you’re happy the treat is going to work off more plaque in their mouth!
Practice getting your dog comfortable for the next or first teeth brushing session by touching their gums, their mouth, and teeth. Be sure to stop if your dog flinches as if they’re in pain. If you notice any changes in your dog’s gums or teeth, be sure to call your vet to make sure this is normal wear for a dog.
These tips for brushing your dog’s teeth should help you get through this process without much headache. Your dog will eventually become more comfortable with the routine and open its mouth ready to let you brush its teeth whenever you ask.