Part of taking care of your pet dog is looking after his teeth. Yes, dogs also need proper dental care like humans as dogs also have teeth and can also suffer from bad breath. It is very important to consult your vet on how to clean your dog’s teeth. He can show you how to properly brush the teeth of your dog without causing gum problems.
Looking for the perfect toothbrush for your dog may take some of your time. Your vet may recommend you to use a toothbrush specially designed for dogs so that brushing will be easier for you.
Some pet clinics sell dog toothbrush. You can also buy from pet supply stores. They usually offer many variations of toothbrushes and toothpastes. They can also help you choose the right kind of toothbrush, which you can use for your dog.
In choosing a toothbrush, it is important that you follow some rules. It should be of the right size and the bristles should be soft because hard bristles may hurt the gums of your dog. Check for the handle if it is long enough and you can hold it comfortably.
For the toothpaste, it is recommended that you get one that is specially formulated for dogs. Some brands of toothpaste have ingredients that may be harmful to your dog.
You should read the labels carefully and make sure that it does not contain salts, detergents and enzymes because these are dangerous to your dog’s health. Always ask for advice from your vet and be careful in choosing the toothpaste that you will use.
You may experience a great battle with your dog the first time you brush his teeth especially if he is already a grown up. It is always best to start dental care with dogs while they are still young. You should not give up if your dog resists brushing his teeth. You should be gentle in the beginning and try explaining to him that this will not hurt him. Start brushing from the back of the mouth and slowly go forward making small circular motions.
You can also use towel at first and rub his teeth until he gets used to your fingers inside his mouth. Talk to him gently while doing it for him to calm down. Just be patient and sooner or later he will get used to it and you will no longer have a hard time brushing his teeth.
You should brush your dog’s teeth everyday but if you cannot do it daily, once every two days is just fine. Make it as part of his routine just like the way you treat your mouth. Doing this will make your teeth’s dog stronger and his breath better.