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Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

It is important that you brush your pets teeth 2-3 times a week to avoid cavities and diseases. It's just as important for your dog to have their teeth brushed. By not brushing your dogs teeth, they are at risk for bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay which can all lead to painful and/or deadly infections. While brushing your dogs teeth is extremely benificial, it can also be harmful to your pet if done incorrectly. Follow these tips and tricks and your dog will be both happy and healthy!

Having a routine can help both you and your pet. Try and brush their teeth around the same time every time. This is especially important when you first start brushing your dogs teeth because it will help them adjust more quickly. Being familiar with your dog's mouth can help you notice if any changes occur. Brushes and toothpaste should only be used if they are made for dogs. Most dog toothpaste flavors are some kind of meat for their enjoyment. Human toothpaste can be fatal to dogs if swallowed.

The first step to actually brushing your pets teeth is to make sure they are calm and comfortable. Try knealing down to their level so they do not feel threatened. Be sure to test the toothpaste with your dog to see whether they like it or not. If it is your first time, it is recomended that you try multiple flavors. Brush in a small circle motion around teeth and gums. Start in the front and do only a little bit at a time for a few days until they are used to it.

When you are finished, reward your pup with a treat! Dental care can also carry over to the types of toys and treats they have. Some toys will wear down their teeth while other clean them as they play.

"Slideshow: Tips for Brushing a Dog's Teeth." WebMD. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2016.

"Teeth Cleaning For Dogs – Brush Dogs Teeth." Banfield Pet Hospital. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2016.


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