Brushing your dog’s teeth can make a huge difference in your dog’s health – and your wallet!
If you take it slowly, and get your dog used to the process (over several short sessions) this will be a breeze to do.
To get started, watch this helpful video:
Getting the enzymatic toothpaste onto your dog’s teeth – even if you are not yet able to brush – is really important and it will start breaking down the plaque. DO NOT USE HUMAN TOOTHPASTE.
I have brushed my dog’s teeth since she was a puppy, and look at the pearly whites she has! She will be 6 years old this year. I am not brushing her teeth every day, maybe once a week. And it only takes a minute each time. Well worth it for her health, and not having to pay hundreds/thousands for multiple dental cleanings over her lifetime. I use the C.E.T enzymatic toothpaste (Virbac) and one tube goes a long way. I use a regular (human) soft toothbrush, but careful not to brush too hard. You can buy a doggy toothbrush, and they have softer bristles.
Don’t despair if your dog’s teeth look bad already – you will see a big improvement and your dog’s breath will be so much better. Just take it slowly and carefully in the beginning, as the gums are sore.
In event of severe periodontal disease, see your veterinarian This condition is very painful for your dog, and adversely affects his overall health, including organ function, so definitely see a veterinarian!