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Should You Brush Your Dog’s Teeth?

So you’ve gone to the pet store and you saw some toothbrushes for dogs. That made you wonder if you should brush your dog’s teeth. Is it really necessary? If so, how do you do it and how often?

I’m sure you realize how important it is for you to brush your teeth. It’s the same for your dog. It’s very important for your dog’s health to have his teeth brushed as it is for ours. That’s why we brush twice a day every single day and pay regular visits to the dentist.

Like us, dogs also build tartar on their teeth. 80% of this tartar is made up of bacteria that damage your dog’s gums, the jaw bone, and ligaments that hold teeth in place. In severe cases, these bacteria can reach the bloodstream which causes infections.

Besides all this, we all know that dental diseases hurt and make us feel sick. Our pets feel the same way if we don’t brush their teeth often.

Sadly, many pet owners don’t realize the importance of this and end up not brushing their dog’s teeth regularly.

How Often Should You Brush Your Dog’s Teeth?

This is the biggest question that dog owners usually have. You already understand that you should brush your dog’s teeth, but how often do you need to do it?

The answer is quite simple, the more you can brush them, the better. 

I understand that may not be realistic for every dog owner. They lack the time to do it or their dog doesn’t like it and it’s an awful experience for both dog and dog owner. 

It would be ideal if you could brush your dog’s teeth every day. If this isn’t possible for you, try to aim for at least 2 to 3 times per week. You should also take your dog to have his teeth professionally cleaned once a year by the vet.

If your dog is still a puppy, it’s very important that you start brushing his teeth early. Focus on making it a pleasant experience for him. Get him used to having you touch his teeth and praise him whenever he allows it. 

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What Do You Need to Buy?

Simple, all you need is a toothbrush and toothpaste. They do need to have been made especially for dogs.

The size of the toothbrush you need depends on the size of your dog’s mouth. Usually, it should be a long-handled toothbrush. Human toothbrushes don’t work as your dog can easily break them and it can be dangerous. There are also finger brushes that also work perfectly fine.

As for toothpaste, you can buy it on a pet store, choose one online or, you can also make your own pet toothpaste.

Whatever you choose, do not use human toothpaste!

Human toothpaste is dangerous for dogs. It contains fluoride which is toxic to them. Besides, human toothpaste can’t be swallowed. Some of them contain high levels of sodium and others contain xylitol. All these substances can be very dangerous for your dog.

Pet toothpaste is safe to ingest and, they’re also flavored. That way your dog feels like he’s getting a treat while you’re brushing his teeth.

How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth?

This is the most important part of this post. I believe that there isn’t a better way for me to show you this than by sharing a video. Here’s the best and most simple video I found that you can follow through and learn how to brush your dog’s teeth.

Bottom Line

Hopefully, by now you’ll know how important it is to brush your dog’s teeth. 

Not keeping your dog’s teeth healthy can shorten your dog’s life span. So, brushing your dog’s teeth regularly and caring for your dog’s dental health is very important. This will allow your dog to be by your side for many years to come – and who doesn’t want that?

So pick a toothbrush and toothpaste for your dog and get to it! 

There are also other ways you can help care for your dog’s dental health. A very important part is by feeding your dog high-quality food and avoid giving him human food. There are also several treats that will help in keeping his teeth healthy.

Let me know in the comments below if this post was helpful! 🙂

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