Brushing your dog’s teeth- a step by step guide.
Brushing your dog’s teeth is an important step in helping them to have good oral health. Just like humans, dogs may need a little persuasion and training to allow you to do this. Starting training when your dog is still a puppy is ideal, as they are more open to new experiences. This is so they can get used to having their teeth brushed. Establishing a good tooth brushing routine can start at any stage of your dogs life, it just might take a bit longer for older dogs to get the hang of it! It is also good to get your dog used to having their mouth examined .
Step 1: Get your pet used to having their mouth examined.
Practice lifting lips and opening their mouth. Not only is this a good routine for dental care, it also helps if your pet needs to have tablets administered.
Step 2: Getting your dog used to toothpaste
Once your dog is used to having their mouth examined, start getting them used to toothpaste. There are lots of different flavours available.
Step 3 : Introducing a brush
If your dog is happy with this step, you can use a toothbrush. There are two kinds of brushes you can use, a finger brush or a tooth brush. We recommend first using a finger brush.
Once your pet is used to this, you can move on to using a toothbrush.
Get your pet used to the brush itself first, before moving on to using toothpaste and the brush together.
Step 4: Correct positions for brushing teeth
Make sure you and your pet are in a comfortable position.
Start by brushing the incisors and canines (front teeth) . Using two fingers on both sides of the nose , gently lift the lips. Rub the finger brush or tooth brush over the teeth.
Once they are used to the brush, you can start using toothpaste as well. Use a pea sized amount, apply it to the brush and follow the same technique to clean all of the front teeth.
Move on to the back teeth- gently lift the lips with your fingers and brush the teeth and gums at the back of the mouth.
Try and brush your dogs teeth on a daily basis.
For further advice or help with brushing teeth, please speak with one of our nurses. Ring 01437 760111 to make an appointment