Veterinarians and owners alike are starting to ask what more they can do to care for their dogs teeth and here we give you some ideas for preventative measures that you can take.
Feeding a raw diet has proven to assist with cleaning a dogs teeth and freshening their breath, but for some dogs especially those with a crooked bite, other steps can be taken to keep them in good oral health.
- Brushing your dog’s teeth daily is the best way to keep your dog’s dental hygiene in check
- Dental chews and the correct diet has some effect in reducing plaque
- Your dog should be slowly trained to accept having their teeth brushed using positive training methods
- If your dog’s teeth have a large amount of plaque on them, you should seek the advice of your vet
If you’re looking for a good toothpaste to get started with, we recommend Dorwest – Roast dinner toothpaste for dogs.This toothpaste offers a great incentive for dogs to tolerate having their teeth brushed and we’ve had great reviews from dog owners.
- Stroke your dog’s cheek gently back and forth to get them used to your hand being by their mouth. You should aim to do this for the first two to three days before continuing to the next step.
- Introduce some dog toothpaste on your finger, allowing your dog to lick it off
- After the dog has shown that they enjoy the toothpaste, start to run your finger along the inside of their mouth, following the gum line
- If your dog is comfortable allowing you to do this then, after a few days, you can introduce the toothbrush, allowing your dog to lick the toothbrush with the dog toothpaste on (don’t put the toothbrush in their mouth just yet!)
- Okay, so they’re now comfortable with licking the toothbrush? It’s time to start brushing those teeth. Start gently; targeting the front teeth first you should make gentle round motions, stopping regularly to allow them to lick the toothbrush (so they’re continuously rewarded).
- Once your dog is happy to let you brush their front teeth and their canines, you can move onto the back teeth, repeating the stopping and starting process