Tips For Cleaning Your Dog's Teeth At Home

Posted on: 17 June 2016

Dental care is important in humans to help prevent things like gingivitis, bone loss and periodontal disease. Did you know it's just as important for your furry companion as well? Although your dog doesn't need to go to the dentist every six months like people do, you should be cleaning your dog's teeth a few times per week. See below for helpful tips to clean your dog's teeth at home.

Start Young

Begin brushing your dog's teeth during the puppy years. This way your dog will be used to the process of having his teeth brushed. Your dog's puppy teeth will fall out and be replaced with larger teeth (just like humans), but it will be easier to brush his teeth later on if you begin at an early age. 

Get The Right Dental Tools

Be sure to look for pet dental tools for your dog. You need to use a canine toothbrush and toothpaste; don't try to share your own toothpaste to freshen your pet's breath because human toothpaste can be harmful to your pup. You can use a toothbrush with a handle or a finger toothbrush (a small rubber cover that slides over your finger with nubs on it) if you prefer. 

Use Toys, Treats And Food 

Use toys, treats and food that help aid in the dental health of your dog. Look for treats and food that specifically say they help with your dog's teeth and gums. Toys that can be chewed by your dog can help to clean the tartar off of your dog's teeth. Toys such as rubber Kong toys are great because they hold up well to chewing.

Follow Proper Brushing Tips

When you first begin brushing, practice first just holding your pup and getting near his mouth/face. Once your puppy is comfortable with this, you can begin introducing the toothpaste. Use just your finger and get your puppy used to the taste of the toothpaste (which is usually flavored to taste more like dog food). After your puppy is used to the toothpaste, you can begin brushing with a toothbrush. Start slowly trying to get to the front of your puppy's teeth. As your dog gets used to those front teeth, you can begin getting to the back teeth as well. 

Brush your dog's teeth at least a few times per week to help prevent gingivitis, bad breath, bone loss and periodontal disease. Prevent expensive trips to the veterinarian for issues with your dog's teeth by brushing his teeth often and giving him chew toys, treats and food that promote healthy teeth and gums. However, you should also take your pup in for an occasional dental cleaning by a professional like Brian E Hall.