Keeping your dog’s teeth clean and healthy is part of a really good grooming regime. It also helps prevent disease.
Keeping your dog's teeth clean and healthy is part of a really good grooming regiment. It also helps to prevent disease. If your dog has never had her teeth brushed before, it's really important to get her used to it first. Gently rub her gums and cheeks until she's comfortable. Then we move on to using a washcloth, or wrap your finger in some gauze. Then start gently scrubbing with that until she's comfortable. This might take a bit of time, but it'll pay off in the long run. Now that we've got her comfortable with having her mouth touched, it's time to move on to actually brushing her teeth using either a toothbrush or a finger brush and dog toothpaste. Taking the toothbrush, work in a circular motion all the way across, down back into her cheek area where we know the tartar can build up. Whatever you do, don't use people toothpaste. It's really hard on their enamel, and they can't spit it out like you and I can do. And they can get a really upset belly. Once you get done with that, make sure to praise her for a job well done. In between tooth brushing, we'll want to get her some dental toys, chews, and treats. Those are going to help keep her teeth and gums really healthy. It's simple. It's easy. And you can do it at home.