Pet Grooming – The Step by Step Process of Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth
Brushing your dog’s teeth can become an easy task if you know the proper steps that you need to take. Like any other dog grooming activity, we remind you to be very patient with your dog and be confident in what you do. Have a positive and happy attitude towards grooming your dog and your dog will respond quickly.
All that you will need for this process is dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste. We need to stress that when brushing your dog’s teeth it’s important to NEVER use a human toothpaste. Some human toothpastes may contain substances such as xylitol and other chemicals that can be fatal for our dogs. Always use a dog toothpaste.
With that out of the way, let’s proceed to cleaning your dog’s teeth.
1. If your dog is reacting a bit strongly to you touching their mouth then we suggest that you do some daily exercises first such as touching your dog’s mouth and brushing his teeth using your fingers for a few days. This can help make your dog more comfortable with the process. Offer treats and praise or things that your dog likes during and after every session.
2. When you’re dog seems to be relaxed and comfortable to the idea of getting their teeth brushed you can now proceed. Get your dog comfortable. You can put your dog on a table or have them lay down or sit on the floor with you.
3. Apply a small amount of doggy toothpaste to the toothbrush with some water. There are several kinds of brushes available for dogs, those with long necks that look similar to human toothbrushes and the soft finger style brushes. Choose a brush that your dog will be most comfortable using. It’s a often trial and error process.
4. Before putting the brush into your dog’s mouth, continue reassuring and petting them to keep them calm and relaxed. Slowly lift your dog’s lip and insert the toothbrush slowly and gently start brushing at the back of your dog’s teeth using a circular motion. Make sure that you don’t just concentrate on the teeth and also include the line between the gums and teeth as well.
5. Slowly work your way around your dog’s mouth, doing one side before you proceed to the other. Make sure that you don’t miss out in cleaning your dog’s teeth in the upper and lower jaw as well.
Yes, it can be that easy (and will be eventually). It’s going to get easier and easier as you continue carrying out this activity with your dog. Again we just want to remind you to take the process slowly and don’t rush it. Continue to have a positive outlook and attitude and you will do fine.
It’s recommended by experts that you brush your dog’s teeth ideally every day. If time doesn’t permit this then brushing your dog’s teeth at least 2 – 3 times a week can do. We also suggest that you start getting your puppy used to the idea as soon as possible so it can be easier to get them started with the activity.
Aside from regular brushing, you can also provide some dental dog chews to help with your dog’s dental hygiene. The dog chews can help but it shouldn’t be seen as an alternative to brushing your dog’s teeth.