Since you reached this section, it is safe to assume that you are looking for a way to clean your dog’s teeth. Well, listed in this section are tips on how to brush dog teeth along with their importance.
Clean teeth will promote happiness, health, and satisfaction to your pet. You and the family will also benefit from your dog’s cleaner, less smelly teeth by reducing the possibility of transmitting bacteria from your pet to your home and family. Here are the steps on how to clean your dog’s teeth:
- Provide your dog a toothbrush. Just as we don’t share our toothbrush to anyone, do not share your dog’s toothbrush with other dogs. This may sound funny but you want to provide your dog with a clean and new toothbrush. Never utilize one that has been used already.
- Make your dog accustomed to your hands on his mouth. Do this slowly and don’t rush if your pet is being aggressive.
- Let the dog see and smell the toothbrush. Dogs usually do an inspection on objects first before opting for them and you should let your dog inspect the toothbrush before brushing its mouth. You may communicate to your dog what the brush is before in the process. The dog may not understand your words but it would understand the gesture that you are trying to introduce something new and good.
- Brush the canine tooth gently without using toothpaste. Allow the dog to get the feel of the activity first. The canine teeth, the longest teeth found on opposite sides of the front teeth are the easiest to reach. Lift your pet’s lip carefully and insert the brush. Gently brush one tooth and see how your pet adjusts to the brushing activity. You may start adding toothpaste after brushing a couple of teeth.
Don’t utilize your toothpaste or human toothpaste because it will make your pet feel sick. Use toothpaste made specifically for dogs. Such toothpaste come in flavors like chicken and beef that your dog will love. Try applying the beef flavor and let your dog sniff on it for a few seconds. If the toothpaste smells good, it will be easier for you to use it on your dog.
- Gently brush your pet’s gums at both sides and over the front.
- Allow your pet to lick some of the stuff so he or she can enjoy it more.
- If he tries to resist you or refuses to move, put him over a washing machine, chair, or kitchen counter for better leverage. A towel along the machine, counter will make him feel more secure.
- Get the right brush size for your pet.
- Carefully brush the gum lines and areas around the teeth. Encourage your dog by speaking gently throughout the procedure. Do the process slowly and thoroughly and allow your pet to get used to what you are doing.
- Do the entire process at least every week within the dog’s lifetime.
- If everything else fails, you can always seek the assistance of the veterinarian for that matter. The vet will make sure your dog gets quality brushing in a way that’s safe and comfortable to him or her.
Keep in mind that small dogs get food particles within their teeth more than the big dogs. Dental care is very crucial for them. Cleaning your dog’s teeth doesn’t have to be an ordeal once you know exactly how to do it on a regular basis.
Grooming checks are a perfect time to have your pet’s teeth brushed as well. It’s always best to keep your dog’s gums and teeth healthy. If your dog resists you and wiggles your hands away, you may try sitting on him although your position will depend on how big your dog is. You will be doing this in a kind of upside down or backwards position but this will set your pet properly and put you in a more comfortable position along the way.
If your dog is small and weighs below 20 lbs. or so, you can utilize the finger brush instead of shoving a toothbrush inside its mouth. There are also tartar control items for dogs that can be incorporated to drinking water. This will prevent the excessive buildup of tartar on the dog’s teeth which is the usual cause of gum disease.
After brushing the teeth, you can then use chlorhexidine mouth spray in the back teeth, front teeth, and both sides of the teeth. Bacteria may accumulate and you need to check for traces of such accumulations.
If you take this task for granted and don’t brush your dog’s teeth, your dog will encounter a number of problems which would result in infections and other complications. One of the known diseases can result in heart failure. If your dog’s mouth is dirty, it would constantly ingest bacteria and the harmful types can spread all over the blood stream. This could be bad for your dog’s health. Proper mouth care should lead to a happier and longer life of your pet.
It’s also important to note that dogs transfer bacteria to us when they lick us. You also need to think about how your dog will feel if ever he or she has infection, gum disease or loose teeth. It would be very unpleasant to them and they won’t feel like eating.
If further measures are required in maintaining your dog’s teeth, don’t be reluctant to send him or her to the veterinarian. A teeth cleaning session from the veterinarian will take care of your dog’s teeth and its problems.