A Pet Owner’s Guide to Basic Canine Teeth Care
It is easy to forget that dogs have oral care needs, but just like humans, canines suffer from cavities and a build-up of plaque and tartar, which can lead to bad breath and other oral health problems. Take charge of your dog’s oral health and establish a good hygiene routine today with these simple hints and tips.
How Brush Your Dog’s Teeth – Step by Step
- Choose a time when your dog is tired (perhaps after a walk) when he will be more inclined to submit.
- Position yourself and the dog comfortably in a way that allows easy access the dog’s teeth. Maybe try laying him on the sofa with his head on your lap.
- Offer your dog a generous quantity of edible canine toothpaste to lick. This is the easiest way to introduce the toothpaste to the dog’s mouth.
- Add a little more toothpaste to the brush, then lift the dog’s upper lip and beginning brushing the teeth in a circular motion. Pay particular attention to the gum line and the dog’s back teeth where most plaque and food accumulates.
Remember to talk to your dog in calm soothing tones throughout the process, and work as quickly as possible. You may find you need to introduce the process of teeth brushing very slowly, but if you repeat the process regularly he will become acclimates to it and may even enjoy the attention!
Additional Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean
There are number of additional ways to keep your dog’s teeth healthy between brushing:
- Give your dog dental treats regularly. These work by removing plaque and debris from the dog’s teeth.
- Offer chew toys and bones. Dental chews help control plaque and tartar, and are often available with an added breath freshener. Dogs love to chew, so this is an easy way to maintain canine oral health every day.
- Mix kibble with wet food. Wet food has a tendency to become stuck between dogs’ teeth; including kibble with wet food will help keep teeth cleaner due to its crunchy, abrasive nature.