How To Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

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  1. Ali Isaac says:

    Very interesting…I haven’t cleaned Indi’s teeth, as he has dry kibbles most of the time, but those pics of gum desease looked awful! how often should I brush his teeth, and for how long?

  2. Hi Ali. I would recommend that you start out by getting Indi used to having your fingers in his mouth by rubbing his gums with your finger. When he tolerates that, you can start using a toothbrush and toothpaste meant for dogs which you can get from your veterinarian. Do not use human toothpaste because it can make your dog sick. Every time your dog eats, he will get food particles on his teeth. Ideally, you would brush your dog’s teeth at least once a day after a meal. However, if that is not possible, three times a week would also help. Brushing your dog’s teeth as often as possible will remove food particles and bacteria from his mouth that can form tartar and cause periodontal disease, gingivitis, and infections in his mouth and other organs. However, brushing his teeth will not remove tartar that has already formed so it is necessary to have your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned under general anesthesia on a regular basis. Just like people, some dogs need more frequent professional teeth cleanings than others. When you bring Indi in for his annual doctor examination, ask your veterinarian if it is time for Indi to receive a professional teeth cleaning under general anesthesia.

  3. Bethany says:

    We brush all three dogs teeth every night and Amelia let’s me do one quadrant per night. I will not have another stressful day like the one I spent when Wilhelm had to go under for teeth extraction and cleaning in January- it was awful! Plus, everyone’s breath is wonderful! 🙂

  4. Good for you Bethany! It’s hard enough to find the time to brush one dog’s teeth – and you are doing three! You are being a great pet parent. Brushing your dogs’ teeth every night will certainly help their oral health and their overall health as well.

  5. Slimdoggy says:

    A great lesson for everyone. Thanks for joining the Hop.

  6. Thanks Slimdoggy! I enjoy these Blog Hops!

  7. Talent Hounds says:

    Certainly not the easiest of tasks, but very important. Thanks for sharing Rachele.

  8. Thank you Talent Hounds! Part of my physical examination on every pet is to check their teeth and gums. I would estimate that about 90% of the pets’ teeth that I examine are in need of some kind of dental care. Many pet parents think that brown teeth and bad breath are normal in pets, but this is not true. Pets’ teeth should be white and they should not have terrible breath. So I am passionate about educating pet parents about the importance of dental care for their pets.

  9. Tenacious Little Terrier says:

    I brush Mr. N’s teeth about 4-5 times/week but I’m trying to bump it up to daily. His vet said his teeth look good for a dog of his breed/age but he still has a bit of tartar.

  10. Great job Tenacious Little Terrier!

  11. Emma says:

    We have all brushed out teeth every night before bed since Mom adopted us. We also use a gel 3x a week for added help. Our vet says our teeth look great, and Katie is 12, so that is great. We love brushing and actually wait in line for our turn. Mom’s first dog was almost 3 when she started brushing. It took a week or two, but she loved it as well. It is such an easy habit to get into.

  12. That’s wonderful that you love getting your teeth brushed, Emma!