Ask the Veterinary Service Expert – Dr. Bath
4 Steps for Dog Dental Care
Step 1: Get Comfortable
- Set expectations that getting used to brushing might take several sessions, so reward your pet through the training process and remember
to keep it positive and be patient.
- Practice lifting their lip to see their teeth and reward with praise.
Step 2: Try Toothpaste
- You can wrap your index finger in gauze or use a finger toothbrush.
- After your dog is comfortable, lift his lip and gently rub the pet toothpaste over his teeth and gums.
Step 3: Toothbrush Time
- Introduce the toothbrush provided by your veterinarian.
- If desired, place a small amount of pet toothpaste on the brush and gently start brushing.
Step 4: Brushing Success
- Brush teeth and gums gently and finish with bottom front teeth.
- Focus on the outside of the teeth — the surface facing the cheek is most prone to plaque and tartar buildup.
- When finished, offer him praise and plenty of love. Let your dog know what a great pet he is and make brushing a positive experience.
Mouth hygiene is as important for pets as it is for us. If they have tartar or plaque, that can cause infection, gingivitis, gum receding, loose and infected teeth, bad breath and expensive vet bills. Infections can travel from the mouth to the body system causing heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease and many other diseases.
We recommend dental cleaning and scaling every year from a qualified veterinarian.