Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

It’s important to brush your dog’s teeth as often as you can. Daily is optimal, but at least a few times a week will work.

Choose a toothpaste. There are different brands and flavors of dog toothpaste. Do not use human-grade toothpaste.

Choose a toothbrush. There are different styles of toothbrushes. Some look like regular human toothbrushes, but there are others that you can choose from. Some have multiple heads and others are finger toothbrushes that fit over your finger.

Brush your dog’s teeth. You want the process to be stress-free, which isn’t always how it goes, especially in the beginning.

  • Start slowly, letting your dog get used to the taste of the toothpaste.
  • Then get him used to something on his teeth. Put a little bit of the toothpaste on your finger and rub the front of your dog’s mouth and teeth.
  • Next, get your dog used to the toothbrush. Let your dog lick the toothpaste off the bristles.
  • Now, start putting the toothbrush in his mouth and against his teeth and gums, in order to get him used to having the toothbrush in his mouth. Start with just a few teeth at a time.

This process will take weeks. You want to go slow, and you want to be positive and upbeat. Offer treats during the training sessions.

Brush the teeth gently. You don’t have to brush the inside of the mouth, only the outside of the teeth and gums.

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