HOW TO WASH A DOG'S TEETH
Brushing your dog's teeth is an important part of caring for his teeth. After all, gum disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in dogs, leading to tooth loss (and possibly further problems) in some cases.
Maintaining a dog's oral cavity perfectly requires regular care.
Contrary to humans, dogs cannot clean their teeth, so the owner is responsible for their aesthetic and healthy appearance! Regular tooth brushing is a great way to maintain your dog's oral hygiene. Of course, it's best to clean your dog's teeth every day.
Brushing a dog's teeth isn't always that easy, so here are some helpful tips to get you started
Requirements for brushing a dog's teeth
A toothbrush matched to the size of the dog's mouth. For large and medium-sized dogs, use the adult toothbrush and for small dogs use the children's toothbrush. And for a miniature dog, buy a special brush from your vet or local pet store.
Toothpaste for dogs (human toothpaste can be harmful to dogs, so do not use it under any circumstances).
A calm and comfortable environment without distractions.
Before you start brushing your dog's teeth
- Keep brushing short
- It is important that brushing is carried out for no more than two minutes or the dog will be weary and less likely to accept the activity. It's best to start with a short brushing time and then gradually increase the brushing time as your dog gets used to it.
- Choose the right time
- Analyze your daily activities and choose a time when you will always find a moment to clean your dog's teeth. This will help your dog get used to the routine.
- Gradually introduce each stage
- It is important not to make too sudden movements at the beginning. This will help your dog get used to the procedure.
- Praise the dog
- Be sure to praise the dog well. Remember that it's important to reward only good behavior.
Every dog is different, so your experience of brushing dogs' teeth may vary. Some dogs are more willing to accept brushing, while others may resist brushing. However, if you stay calm and follow our instructions, your dog will get used to it over time.
Teeth brushing order
Carefully learn how to brush your dog's teeth with the simple order of brushing your teeth:
- Getting your dog used to toothpaste
- Put a small amount of toothpaste on your finger and let the dog lick it. Toothpaste for animals has a special formula so that it tastes good for dogs. Your dog should feel like eating the paste.
- Introducing a toothbrush
- Moisten the brush with a little water
and add the recommended amount of toothpaste, then press it into the bristles. Gently brush your dog's longest teeth. Raise the dog's lip upwards and proceed to brushing the fangs on that side. A good advice is not to start with the incisors at the front of your mouth. This is the more sensitive area of the mouth, so your dog is more likely to resist cleaning there.
- Brushing deeper dog's lying teeth
- After brushing the front teeth, start brushing the teeth deeper in the dog's mouth. To get to the molars you will need to move the brush past the edge of the lips inside the cheeks. If this proves to be difficult, a smaller brush can be used. Brush the upper teeth first, then allow the dog to open his mouth a little so he can brush along the gumline of the lower teeth. It's important to speed up brushing gradually and monitor your dog's mood all the time. If the dog reacts negatively, stop immediately
and start over later.
- Brushing all teeth
- Once your dog is relatively comfortable doing this, you can brush the outside of all teeth. You can also brush longer if you want to clean your dog's mouth more thoroughly.
Brushing a dog's teeth is an important part of a dog's healthy lifestyle. By following these simple steps and gradually getting your dog used to brushing, you will not only teach him to enjoy this activity, but also keep his teeth healthy for longer. Remember that your dog may also receive a Purina® DentaLife® teether daily, which will also help to keep his teeth healthy. This is because DentaLife is designed to reach hard-to-reach teeth at the back of a dog's mouth.