6 Tips on Dog Teeth Cleaning
Dog teeth cleaning is vital to preventing future dental problems. Excess tartar and plaque can cause painful periodontal disease resulting in premature tooth loss. If the mouth looks red, infected, or smells offensive, see the vet.
Here are some important tips on dog teeth cleaning…
- Start brushing your dog's teeth when he is still a puppy (or as early as possible). Let him play with the toothbrush to get familiar with it. Lots of dogs like the taste of dog toothpaste, so apply a liberal amount.
- Brushing should be done at least once a week using a soft toothbrush and paste made specifically for dogs, like the Drs. Foster and Smith Dental Care Kit Dog Dental Care Kit. Do not use human toothpaste (especially with fluoride) to brush your dog's teeth--it can make him very sick. Not to mention, they do not like the taste of it or the foaming action.
- Lift your dog's lower lip and begin brushing his teeth in a circular motion as you would your own teeth. Make sure you brush near the gum line, where plaque tends to build up.
- If you are cleaning his teeth for the first time, don't use a brush. Get him acquainted with the feeling of your fingers on his teeth first. Let him taste the toothpaste before you proceed.
- Take it slow if your dog is fidgety. Gradually increase the number of teeth until he's comfortable with the process.
- The best time to brush your dog's teeth is when he is calm and relaxed. This is usually after exercise or he has a full stomach.
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