Your dog’s teeth are very important! Neglecting to care for your dog’s teeth can lead to plaque buildup, bad breath, gum disease, and even life-threatening infections. However, even some owners who know the importance of dental dog care have a hard time brushing their pup’s teeth. Here are a few tips and tricks to make brushing a normal and easy task:
- Schedule – If your pup is calm and relaxed, it may be easier to brush his teeth! Set up a regular schedule anywhere from 3 times a week to daily. This will ensure your dog knows what is going on and what to expect.
- Tools – Make sure you are using a toothbrush made for dogs! They have special, softer bristles and are usually able to give you better reach. Use dog toothpaste, too! Your pup will love the flavors.
- Check – Check your dog to make sure he is calm enough to have his teeth brushed. A great way to test that is to run your finger along the upper gums and teeth. Use light pressure, and gauge his reaction. If he seems relaxed, you can try to brush.
- Sample – Let your dog sample the toothpaste so he gets used to the flavor and texture. Hopefully, he will like the taste and see toothbrushing as a treat!
When it’s actually time to brush, be sure to lift the dog’s upper lip and angle the bristles of the brush so they reach the gum line. Put the brush at a 45-degree angle to ensure that you clear away all of the plaque. Use small, circular motions, and make sure you pay attention to any bleeding. Excess bleeding may indicate that your dog has gum disease, so be sure to bring him in to see us.
If you want your dog to have the best dog care Charlotte has to offer, be sure to contact the professionals at West Ballantyne Animal Hospital. We are here to help you and your pup!