The answer is yes. If it is important for humans to practice oral hygiene, then it is just as important for dogs. But since dogs cannot do that themselves, it is up to us as owners to make sure that it is done.
But first, you may want to know why it is important to brush your dogs’ teeth? Well first and foremost, it is the best way to prevent any future periodontal disease. Veteran pet owners know this affects dogs frequently. In fact, they say that dogs are five times more prone to gum disease than humans. If you want to make sure that your pet’s teeth remain healthy until adulthood then brushing their teeth every day is a must.
Dental disease is not just a simple disease because, in the long run, it will cause serious health complications for your pet. If there is tartar and plaque buildup, it will eventually move to other parts of the body such as the liver and kidney.
Unlike humans, it’s also hard for dogs to express their pain. So if you are already taking care of your dog’s teeth, you will be able to detect if they are experiencing dental pain and take the necessary steps for them to recover well.
Now that you know just how important it is, here are some tips on how to brush your dogs’ teeth.
- Find the right time to do it – Dogs can easily get excited and brushing their teeth when they are feeling playful may be too hard. Make sure to do it when they are relaxed and calm so that you will have an easier time. This will ensure that every part of your dog’s mouth is cleaned properly. Aim to brush their teeth daily, especially if you notice that they easily get tartar build-up.
- Choose the right tools – You cannot just get an old toothbrush of yours for your dog. Dog toothbrush is made of softer material and also the brushes are angled in a different way. If you only have a smaller dog, you can just use a finger brush. But if you have a big dog, get one that has a long handle so that you can reach every part. It’s also important to buy a toothpaste for dogs. Your own toothpaste will not do because the ingredients are not good for your dog. Get a flavor of toothpaste that your dog will enjoy, such as peanut butter for example.
- Don’t forget to reassure your pet – For some dogs, the process of brushing their teeth may make them feel uncomfortable, especially at the first few tries. Be reassuring and always praise them to let them know that they are doing a good job. Ease them into the process and make sure that it an enjoyable time for everyone. If they get traumatized especially during the first time, they may not take to it and you will have a hard time in the future.