How to clean your Dog’s Teeth

We all love our dogs but we don’t always love their breath. Dogs are not prone to cavities like humans are but tarter and plaque does build up on their teeth.   Similar to humans, dogs can suffer from health issues related to not taking care of their teeth. Dogs can contract kidney, heart, and liver disease along with other life threatening infections.

With that being said you need to start brushing your dog’s teeth. Look for a brush that has a double sided head that angles at 45 degrees. This will help to clean below the gum line. It might be a struggle at first but hopefully brushing will become almost like getting a belly rub. Try to brush your dog’s teeth after they have had an adequate amount exercise so that they are a bit tired it will make it easier especially the first time. Start off slow and make sure you stop if they get too agitated. Even if you don’t get the whole mouth the first time it will come gradually. Speak in soothing tones while brushing and make sure that you reward your pet when you are done so the process becomes enjoyable rather than a chore.

It is best to start brushing your dog’s teeth when they are puppies so that they get use to the process faster. Make sure you do not use human toothpaste because it contains fluoride which is poisonous to dogs. Your local pet store should sell safe toothpaste for your pet.

Brushing might not work for every dog so therefore dry dog food will help clean their teeth and it won’t stick to their teeth like soft food will. Bones and chew toys can also help as long as they are not too hard and won’t break their teeth.

Your pet is important to you and you would do anything to make sure they are taken care of. Brushing your dog’s teeth probably never crossed your mind but hopefully you have a better understanding of how to do it and why it is important.


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