Step-by-step Guide to Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

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You should start to introduce your pet to a toothbrush very early. Months before you intend to brush your dog's teeth, you should make them comfortable with the idea of the equipment and process. Let them see, smell, and taste the toothbrush and toothpaste. Frequently check their teeth by pulling their lips up gently and opening their mouths slowly. They will accept this as part of your routine eventually.

Once your dog is comfortable, you can start brushing their teeth on a routine basis by following these easy steps.

Step One: Make your dog comfortable. I put my dog on the couch so that he's comfortable and I can see him well. Have the toothbrush and toothpaste with you so that you will not have to leave your pet.

Step Two: Gently lift your dog's lips to see their teeth. This will let you see areas where tarter or food buildup may be concentrated.

Step Three: Put a small dollop of toothpaste on the toothbrush. Let the dog sniff, and even lick, the toothpaste if he wishes.

Step Four: Using one hand to open the mouth and the other to hold the toothbrush, very gently and carefully brush the teeth. Be especially careful near the gums and towards the back of the mouth. You dog may become frightened the closer you get to its throat.

Step Five: Once you have finished brushing your dog's teeth, give them much praise! Tell them how good they are and rub them and play with them. Do not give them a treat, as you just brushed their teeth. Luckily dogs enjoy praise and attention just as much as they enjoy treats.

If you make toothbrushing a part of your regular routine, your pet should become accustomed to the process and make your job much easier. Follow these easy steps for healthy teeth and gums!

Content by Candace Matthews .