Make Sure Your Dog’s Teeth Are Brushed Regularly

Everyone knows the importance of good dental hygiene for people, but good dental health is just as important for dogs as well, and for many of the same reasons as for people.

It is important to start the habit early in life so that the dogs is used to the process, but it can be started at any time throughout the dog’s lifetime. You will want to start with a soft bristled brush and special dog toothpaste that you can get from many pet care stores or from your veterinarian. You can also ask your dog groomer to brush your dog’s teeth.

You should not use regular toothpaste that you would use for your own teeth. Human toothpaste (like Crest and Colgate) contains baking soda which can be harmful to dogs. Dog toothpaste comes in flavors that will be much more appealing to the dog, and it will have ingredients that will not harm your dog.

If you are going to brush your dog’s teeth yourself, begin the process by allowing the dog to taste the toothpaste. After they’ve had a taste, using your finger, rub along the gum line of the mouth a little bit. Eventually, you should be able to brush all of the teeth. Work from back to front, making sure to angle the brush at the gum line and make little circles so that the brush goes into the gum line. Even if you can’t brush all of the teeth at once, the lower back teeth seem to be the first to suffer from periodontal diseases, so aim to start there.

It is very important that you brush your dog’s teeth. If you neglect to do so, it’s likely your dog will get cavities and possibly have other dental problems, which can lead to expensive dental/medical bills for you.