How To Clean My Dog’s Teeth? Step By Step Guide

Maintaining your dog’s oral hygiene shouldn’t be overlooked, cleaning and taking care of your dog’s teeth is essential for keeping him in good health. Ideally, brushing your dog’s teeth is the best way; although many people might find it difficult, the tips and steps below will help make it easier for you and your dog. 

Teeth brushing must be done daily in sessions not exceeding 2-3 minutes, also make sure to follow each step for five consecutive days before moving to the proceeding one.

Step 1 – Get your dog used to the toothpaste taste

  1. Wash your hands and put a little dog toothpaste on your index finger.
  2. Let your dog lick the toothpaste on your finger.
  3. Repeat two or three times.

Step 2 – Get your dog used to being manipulated 

  1. Put a small amount of toothpaste, specific for your dog, on your index finger.
  2. Gently run your finger over your dog’s teeth and gums.
  3. If you feel your dog is not comfortable with that, stop and try another time during the day.
  4. Repeat this exercise several times.

Step 3 – Get your dog used to the toothbrush

  1. Wet the toothbrush with water, then apply some dog toothpaste on it.
  2. Let your dog lick some dog toothpaste on the bristles to get used to the feeling.
  3. Gently hold your dog’s mouth to prevent chewing the toothbrush.
  4. Place your index finger or thumb on both sides of your dog’s mouth and gently brush the canines (large, sharp teeth) from top to bottom. Start by orienting the brush towards the gum line, then brush starting from the gum towards the end of the tooth.
  5. For now, avoid touching the front teeth (incisors), as this is the most sensitive part.

Step 4 – Brushing back teeth

  1. Start by brushing the canines then move slowly, in a circular motion, to the teeth behind them. Brush your dog’s canines from top to bottom.
  2. Continue to brush both sides of the mouth.

Natural prevention for healthy teeth of dogs

Although brushing your dog’s teeth is the best way to take care of them, there are other natural ways to maintain their cleanliness. Here are some:

Natural dental sprays

It is a good option that prevents the formation of dental plaque and the bacteria that cause bad breath.

A healthy and natural diet

Not all dog food meets your dog’s dental hygiene needs. Maintain a healthier diet by choosing food made from fresh and natural sources.

Chew toys

They help reduce dental plaque on your dog’s teeth. 

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