Care & Husbandry: The ABCs of Doggy Dental Care

Ever wondered what would happen if you neglected to brush your own teeth? Dogs face similar issues, and maintaining their dental health is crucial. Fortunately, brushing your dog's teeth is easier than you might think, with numerous benefits.

The Benefits of Brushing

Brushing removes daily plaque buildup, preventing periodontal disease that can lead to issues like bad breath, pain, and tooth loss. Even though dogs don't commonly get cavities, oral health is vital.

How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

Step 1: Choose the Right Tools

Save time and skip child toothbrushes; they're often too hard. Opt for a dog toothbrush with a long handle, an angled head, and extra-soft bristles. For smaller dogs, a finger toothbrush works well.

Step 2: Select the Right Toothpaste

Choose pet toothpaste with plaque-controlling enzymes, avoiding ingredients like baking soda or detergents found in human toothpaste. Fluoride can help control bacteria. Apply the toothpaste between the bristles for maximum effectiveness.

Step 3: Introduce the Brushing Process

Approach your dog gently, starting slowly. Use a damp washcloth or gauze to wipe the teeth initially. Praise your dog during the process and offer teeth-healthy treats as a reward. Establish a routine of twice-daily cleaning for two weeks before progressing to the toothbrush and toothpaste.

Step 4: Brushing Technique

Focus on the outside of the upper teeth. Place the bristles at a 45-degree angle where the teeth and gums meet. Use an oval pattern with ten short back-and-forth motions, covering three to four teeth at a time. Gently reach the areas around the base of the teeth and between them.


Prioritize your dog's dental care with daily brushing using enzymatic pet toothpaste and the right toothbrush. Taking an active role in this routine will reduce dental issues, bad breath, and the risk of serious conditions like heart and kidney disease. It's a win-win for everyone involved.

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