Just like humans, dogs need dental care too. As an owner, you need to make sure your dog’s teeth are cleaned regularly to help them avoid unpleasant dental health problems. But how often do you really brush dog teeth?
Dogs are susceptible to periodontal disease. Aside from tooth decay and damage, periodontal disease develops in about 70% of dogs before they reach three years old. If not addressed, this problem will worsen affecting not only the teeth but his overall health.
Do You Ever Brush Dog Teeth?
Many dog owners admit that they don’t brush dog teeth very often or they have never done it before at all. Those who haven’t tried might even think that it’s a challenging task but really, it isn’t. It’s pretty understandable why one would think this – after all, getting a dog to behave and sit still during grooming can be hard enough. There’s also the likelihood of getting nipped.
But brushing your dog’s teeth is possible and it can become a pleasant routine for both of you when it’s done with practice and patience.
How Often Should I Brush My Dog’s Teeth?
Just like humans, dogs are better off receiving daily dental care. It’s the same for us, brushing a dog’s teeth at the end of the day should remove bacteria from food before it causes an array of problems for your canine best friend(s).
Getting Started with Brushing Dog’s Teeth
If you’ve realized how important it is to brush a dog’s teeth, it’s time to get started.
First, you will need the right equipment for the task. Get yourself doggy toothbrushes that are gentle on your pet’s gums.
Get your dog toothpaste made for canines. IMPORTANT: Never use toothpaste formulated for humans as they contain ingredients that are toxic to pets. It’s best to go for vet-recommended or vet-formulated dog toothpaste to make sure your dog gets the real benefit.
Dog toothpaste may come in various flavors that you need to try out to see if your pooch loves it. Let him have a taste of your chosen toothpaste first and check for a positive reaction.
Turn it into a fun routine
Once you’re all set in brushing dog teeth, gently lift your dog’s lip to expose those chompers. Gently and methodically brush in a circular manner. It might need some time getting used to dental care. It’s best if you do this at the same time each day during a quiet hour so your dog remains calm.
When done consistently, this will turn into a positive routine. Over time, dogs will learn how to tolerate this new health care routine. Remember to reward your pooch each time letting them know how happy it makes you.