If you’re a dog owner, I’m sure you spend quality time with your pet whenever you get the opportunity. Most of us do because we just can’t get enough of their liveliness and unconditional love. But what if your pet’s breath really stinks? Would you still want to spend time with him? I guess not.
Importance Of Teeth Brushing In Dogs
Brushing your dog’s teeth is one of the easiest ways to keep his breath fresh and gums and teeth healthy. Though brushing doesn’t guarantee that your pet won’t have dental problems, it’s a very effective way of keeping most diseases at bay. That means more money in your pocket since you’ll spend less on dental care.
Just like in humans, dogs also suffer plaque when food particles and bacteria build up a long their gum lines and teeth. Brushing your dog’s teeth regularly will go along way in preventing plaque build up, tooth decay, gum inflammation as well as diseases like periodontal disease, gingivitis and tartar.
Don’t Rely On Kibble
Getting your pet to open his mouth so that you can brush his teeth isn’t going to be easy. Some dogs won’t allow you to have your way, so don’t blame yourself if you don’t succeed. This is especially true if you have an older dog. However, puppies are like blank slates, so working with them is a bit easier.
If you don’t succeed, don’t give up just yet. You always have the option of taking him to your vet’s office to have his teeth cleaned professionally. While at home, you may be tempted to depend on a kibble to do this tough but necessary job for you. You probably have heard that a kibble can help keep your dog’s teeth clean by removing plaque from his mouth. This may be true, but you can’t rely on it completely since it’s not 100% proven scientifically.
Brushing your pet’s teeth the old-fashioned way remains the best way to remove plaque and keep his mouth fresh and teeth white and healthy. It’s something that you should do regularly as part of his grooming routine.
The Materials Needed
If it’s your first time to do this, you need to buy a high-quality toothbrush and toothpaste that are meant for dogs. Never use human toothpaste on your dog as it can make him very sick when ingested.
The Brushing Process
The first step is to get your dog to open his mouth. At this point, don’t show him the brush just yet until you’re sure he’s relaxed and comfortable. Next, you need to help him get used to the taste and smell of the toothpaste. You can do this by putting some toothpaste on your finger and showing him. After that, bring out the toothbrush with some toothpaste on it and let him check it out and sniff it.
When he is comfortable enough, hold his gums gently and put the brush against his teeth at a 45-degree angle and move it in a circular motion. Work on small portions of his mouth at a time until you brush the whole mouth. All these while, you should ensure that he’s comfortable and calm.
Overall, regular teeth brushing is beneficial to all dogs, so try to brush your dog’s teeth at least once a day if you can. If you can’t, do so weekly. You should also ensure that you take him for professional dental checkup at least once a year. Maintaining good dental care for your dog will go a long way in keeping several dental problems at bay and reducing his yearly dental bills significantly.