How to Brush Dogs’ Teeth: A Few Easy Steps

Follow these quick tips to learn how to brush dogs’ teeth!

Vet brushing dog teeth

If there is one thing I hate, it is bad breath. Yes, you humans say that dogs have bad breath, but some of you two-leggers know how to smell up a room. Dental hygiene is very important to me. I use my teeth for many important things, specifically eating my food and playing with all my toys. Since tooth decay happens to many dogs, there is no excuse for not brushing your pet’s teeth. If you’re wondering how to brush dog’s teeth, I can easily show and tell you how.

There are only three things you will need when learning how to brush dogs’ teeth.

First, you’ll need specialized canine toothpaste. You cannot use human toothpaste on dogs. I repeat: whatever you do, don’t use human toothpaste on dogs. Ask your veterinarian or local pet store if you need a recommendation.

Next, you’ll need a canine toothbrush. Pet stores carry toothbrushes in all different brands, shapes and sizes. When first learning how to brush your pet’s teeth, you might want to get a finger toothbrush. It’s a cap that fits on your finger with a small brush at the top that you will run along your pet’s teeth. Later, when you are more advanced, you can upgrade to an actual canine toothbrush. Remember that the shape and size of your dog’s mouth are what should determine what kind of toothbrush you use.

The third and final thing you need is a dog. If you have the toothbrush and toothpaste, but no dog, you’re not going to get very far in the process. Go find your dog, and be sure your energy is calm yet happy, so your dog doesn’t get anxious.

How to brush dogs’ teeth

If brushing your dog’s teeth is new to you and your furry friend, be sure to take the process slow. There is no need for either of you to get upset or overwhelmed. You might even want to start by just rubbing your fingers over your dog’s teeth so she gets used to them being touched.

Brushing your dog’s teeth is a lot like brushing your own. You’ll want to run the bristles over the outside part of your dog’s teeth – with toothpaste on it, of course.  I’ve heard that you humans brush the inside part of your teeth as well. You don’t need to worry about that with your dog. Once the toothpaste is moving around in her mouth, she’ll likely increase the amount of licking and moving of her tongue. All of which will help remove the plaque on the inside of your dog’s teeth.

You might need to reapply some canine toothpaste to the toothbrush. Brushing dog teeth is a little messier than brushing human teeth. Because the toothpaste is specially made for dogs, you don’t have to worry about your dog spitting it out or rinsing her mouth. She can swallow canine toothpaste! You also don’t need any mouthwash, but you probably already knew that.

Enough of me telling you how to brush dogs’ teeth. I can show you a great video so you can see it first hand.

Let’s talk about how often you need to brush your dog’s teeth. What do you think? The answer my human friends is every single day. Yes! I know many of you think that’s a lot of commitment, but how often do you brush your teeth? I hope the answer to that question is every single day (and from what I hear, you guys should be tackling the teeth-brushing job twice a day). Start slow if brushing your dog’s teeth is a new adventure. Even if you begin with 20 seconds a day every couple days, you’re still helping your dog. Eventually, you’ll want to build up to about one minute of brushing every single day. Your dog will thank you for it.

Do you know how to brush dogs’ teeth? Share any tips you may have in the comments section!


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