Cleaning Your Dog's Teeth

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Dogs need regular teeth cleaning to help remove plaque and tartar, just as humans do. Although you don’t need to brush your dog’s teeth every day, once every month is a good schedule to keep your dog’s teeth clean, bright and healthy.

Probably the best option for a dog toothbrush is a rubber finger brush. The finger brush is a rubber hood that fits over the index finger, with rubber bristles for brushing. Dogs are generally less likely to gnaw on on your finger than on a standard plastic toothbrush. You will need to use a specially formulated toothpaste made specifically for dogs, which is edible. Human toothpaste should not be swallowed by dogs. There are several dog toothpastes on the market, even flavored ones, so your dog will feel like he’s getting a treat.

For another dental treat, give your dogs some gnawing bones, real or fake. Fake gnaw bones will last longer, and are cleaner and healthier than real bones. Gnawing will act as a scraper, clearing some of the tartar and plaque from your dog’s teeth.

You can also schedule a professional cleaning with your veterinarian. Talk to your veterinarian to see what sort of schedule would fit your dog’s needs best. With good dental hygiene, your dog should only need to have his teeth professionally cleaned once every two or three years.

Topics: dental

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