It’s National Pet Dental Health Month! Did you know that brushing your dog’s teeth is very important? Yes, dogs need to have their teeth brushed! No, it’s not weird at all. You wouldn’t go days without brushing your teeth so think of your pet the same way. You should brush your pet’s teeth daily. Not brushing your pet’s teeth could definitely cause health problems for your pet and not just in the mouth. Your pet can get other health problems as well in other parts of the body from not brushing teeth on a regular basis. I’m sure you don’t want that so keep reading!
Have you ever smelled bad doggie breath? That alone should make you want to brush your dog’s teeth daily. Bad breath is not good at all. Also bad breath could be a sign of some health issues so if it gets out of control you should see your vet, but if you haven’t been brushing your dog’s teeth you should definitely start and the dog breath will most likely go away! Imagine not brushing your own teeth for days at a time, groooooossssss! Simba definitely has had doggie breath and I went and picked up some dental treats and a dog toothbrush along with dog toothpaste with the quickness. His breath smells awesome now! He also loves to get his teeth brushed. I think he just loves the flavor…greedy little pup.
What You Need to Know About Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth
Don’t EVER use HUMAN toothpaste! Dogs can’t spit out toothpaste and our toothpaste is made to be spit out. If you use human toothpaste it will definitely harm your dog’s stomach and I’m sure you don’t want that. Besides you’re trying to help your dog’s health by brushing the dog’s teeth daily not harm him. Make sure you get toothpaste and a toothbrush specifically for dogs.
I use pet toothpaste by Nylabone. The package I bought came with toothpaste, a toothbrush, and a finger brush. Simba has absolutely no problems with the taste and is actually excited when I brush his teeth. You can find dog toothpaste and toothbrushes at pretty much any pet store and some even have the toothpaste and toothbrushes packaged together. You can even get dog toothpaste in different flavors. Does your dog love beef or peanut butter? There’s toothpaste out there made in those flavors and more! You should pick a flavor you think your dog might like so that brushing time becomes fun.
There are also different types of toothbrushes. There are toothbrushes that are like human toothbrushes, but they are softer than ours. There are also finger toothbrushes which may be easier for you to use. You just slip the finger toothbrush on your finger and put the toothpaste on the brush and put your finger in your dogs mouth and brush around. I usually use the finger toothbrush with Simba.
How to Brush your Dog’s Teeth
- Let your dog get familiar with the toothbrush and tooth paste
- Let your dog sniff the brush, see the tube of toothpaste, and even taste the toothpaste before you begin
- Let your dog get familiar with your finger (finger brush) being in his or her mouth or the toothbrush depending on what method you are using
Once your dog is comfortable with the above things try the next steps
- Put a small amount of toothpaste on your dogs toothbrush and open the mouth
- Gently brush the teeth and gums
- Soothe your dog. Rub him or her and say “good boy” or “good girl” or whatever it is that you say to let him or her know that this is proper behavior
- Reward with a dental treat or favorite treat
- Brush your dog’s teeth daily. Make it a routine.
The above tips may not work the first time you try to brush your dog’s teeth. If your dog seems frightened or for some reason it’s just not working for you, just try again the next day. It may take several times before your dog gets used to it. Don’t give up! Try the best you can to make your dog feel comfortable and get used to the process. Let your dog know that this is a good thing. Caring for your dog’s teeth is very important. Talk to your vet for more information about dental health for your dog. Even though National Pet Dental Health Month is almost over, brushing your dog’s teeth should be a habit. Get started today 🙂
Do you brush your dog’s teeth? If not, are you going to start? If you do, how do you brush them? What do you use? Does your dog hate or love getting his teeth brushed? Share!