how to brush your dog's teeth

Do you wonder about brushing your dog’s teeth?

What type of products do you use?

What age should the dog be to brush his teeth?

How often should you brush the dog’s teeth?

Let’s take it from where it all starts!

When should you start brushing your dog’s teeth?

You can start when the dog is a pup but you can also get an older dog used to teeth brushing with some patience on your part.

Often it is best to combine this with grooming such as bathing, brushing of the coat, or cutting the hair and continue to do it once a week to get started.

Once the dog is used to brushing the teeth, then you can start brushing more often.

Just remember to go slow and do not traumatize you dog with teeth brushing by forcing the dog to sit too long while you brush their teeth.

How often should you brush your dog’s teeth?

How often you brush your dog’s teeth will be up to you and depend on how much time you have to brush the dog’s teeth.

Some aim to brush the dog’s teeth every day.

You can brush the dog’s teeth as often as once a day to once a week, or even every other day.

If you decide once a week, use dental chews in between brushings along with hard milk bones and hard food. This will keep the tartar down in between brushings.

There are also some good chew toys for dental health for your dog that you can use.

dog chew toy

Why should you brush your dog’s teeth?

Unlike people, dogs do not get cavities. However, they can develop oral diseases that when left untreated can cause other health problems for your dog.

Oral disease that can cause your dog problems are;

  • Bad breath that is persistent
  • Gingivitis
  • Gums that are swollen, red, or bleed
  • Teeth that are chipped or broken
  • Any kind of lumps or growths inside the mouth or abnormalities

Diseases that your dog’s untreated oral health can lead to are;

  • Kidney
  • Heart
  • Lung

What type of products will you need?

You will need a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically made for dogs.

Human toothpaste contains fluoride and other things that are not good for your dog.  This is especially true since the dog cannot spit like humans do.

The toothbrush can be a human toothbrush that is soft and fits your dog’s mouth.

When to see your vet about your dog’s teeth

Normally once a year just like humans is good for dogs.

If you see any signs of oral disease such as those listed above or abnormalities with your dog’s teeth and mouth then you need to see your vet.

It is important to pay attention to your dog’s oral health in order to catch any diseases or infections early to protect your dog’s health.

dog mouth teeth

Tips for brushing your dog’s teeth

In order to brush your dog’s teeth follow these tips;

  • Gently take a hold of your dog’s muzzle and spread the lips to show the teeth.
  • With dog toothpaste on the brush, brush the teeth that are visible.
  • Go slowly so you do not hurt the dog and do not press the brush hard into the teeth.
  • Brush up and down just like you do your own teeth.

Once your dog is comfortable with teeth brushing, they will sit still and allow you to do this. Some pets even look forward to teeth brushing.

Do not forget to give dental chews in between brushings if you brush once a week.

In Conclusion

Even if you do not brush your dog’s teeth every day; brushing them once a week can help keep your dog from developing an oral disease.

When brushing the dog’s teeth you can also look for signs of oral disease that when left unchecked can lead to serious health problems.

You need a regular soft toothbrush for humans and dog toothpaste.

You should not use human toothpaste on your dog since the dog cannot spit and human toothpaste has ingredients that are not good for the dog.

Before you go clean your pooch’s teeth, have a moment to watch this relative video: