Most dog owner’s do not realize the importance of keeping your dog’s teeth clean. It is of utmost importance to keep their pearly whites clean as well as plaque and tartar free. Aside from the fact that dental work on a canine is extremely expensive it also has a direct effect on their heart health too! I talk a lot about preventative measures to take in Pet First Aid class in order to avoid long-term illnesses.
Here are some important points:
- Have your vet check your dog’s oral health when going in for a regular check up
- Check the food and treats you feed for any indications of helping fight plaque and tooth decay
- Giving your dog dental treats are very beneficial because they will often get into grooves of their teeth that you are unable to get to with a toothbrush
- Choosing the correct brush is important, most stores sell either a large longer sized brush which is great for larger dogs and there are also small finger brushes that work great for smaller dogs and dogs who are more comfortable with having their owners poke into their mouth.
- You want to make this a positive experience so that your dog becomes accustomed to having their teeth brushed and it is a routine to them. Using treats to reward them is really great and using positive words as you do so will also help.
- For the first time, you can use the toothbrush only with no paste on it so that your dog has a chance to get used to having something in their mouth and having their teeth rubbed
- Incorporate the toothpaste slowly, some stores even offer peanut butter and chicken flavored toothpaste which will help. You want to give your dog a taste of the toothpaste prior to inserting the brush with the paste into their mouth.