Dr. Ben Lambeth, DDS & Dr. Megumi Lambeth, DDS

310 East Main St., Suite 335 | Carrboro, NC 27510

Should I Brush My Dog’s Teeth?

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Man’s best friend needs to brush his teeth, too! Brushing your dog’s teeth is vital for ensuring they are in good oral health. To make sure your pup’s pearly whites look great, we’ve put together some tips for brushing your dog’s teeth.

Establish a Routine

First, it’s necessary to establish a routine with your dog. Getting their teeth brushed is not something that most dogs enjoy. By teaching them to expect it, you can manage their expectations so they will sit still. Begin by finding a time when your dog is the most calm and relaxed. If they’re a ball of energy in the morning, brush their teeth when they’ve mellowed out at night. Every time you brush your dog’s teeth, you should be brushing them around the same time of day at least three times each week.

Use the Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Make sure that you use a toothbrush and toothpaste that is made for your dog. Using toothpaste for humans could upset your dog’s stomach while a toothbrush made for people can be too soft or rough on their teeth. You can find toothbrushes and toothpaste made specifically for your dog at your local pet store or online. You use these tools the same way in which you’d use your own when you brush your teeth.

Make Your Pet Feel Comfortable

It’s important to acclimate your dog with their toothbrush and toothpaste. Start by testing their comfort level of having you near their mouth. Lightly rub your finger along their teeth and gums to simulate brushing. Once they’re comfortable with this, spread some of the toothpaste onto your finger and hold it out to your dog. This is to help them get used to the flavor of the toothpaste. When they’re more comfortable with the tools, they will be more comfortable with the brushing itself.

Brush Correctly

When you’re finally ready to brush your dog’s teeth, make sure you’re doing it correctly. Gently massage their teeth and gums by guiding the toothbrush in small circles. To start, brush just a few teeth at a time, working your way up to brushing your dog’s entire mouth for a total of two minutes. Make sure you’re getting the outsides of the canine and back teeth as this is where plaque tends to build up.

Reward Your Pet

Once the tooth brushing is over, reward your pup! Give them a treat or some extra play time and attention. They need to see tooth brushing as something to look forward to, and by rewarding them, you’re helping establish this idea.

While it’s important to take care of your dog’s teeth, don’t forget about your own. Call us today to make an appointment for a checkup and cleaning!

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