Dog Dental Health

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Dog dental health depends on primarily on brushing your dog's teeth daily, or at least several times a week. This may seem too frequent, but think how your mouth would feel if you didn't brush your teeth every day. For a pet toothbrush, you need a brush with a long handle, an angled head to fit easily into the back and front areas of the mouth, and very, very soft bristles.

When started as puppies, dogs easily get used to having their teeth brushed as part of their dog dental hygiene. You may have started them with a finger toothbrush, which fits over the tip of your finger. This is also a suitable method for cleaning an adult dog's teeth, especially an older dog who may have some gum problems and needs a delicate touch.

Dog Dental Health and Tooth Brushing

Toothpastes for people often use abrasives and whiteners, but dog dental products should rely on enzymes, herbs and compounds that do their job without scouring. Such ingredients make your job easier, for they can be applied to the gums to help heal developing problems, or they can be used as a toothpaste with a toothbrush for dog dental health regimens.

If your dog is not used to teeth brushing, be gentle in your approach and keep your voice soothing and loving. You can use any soft cloth--washcloth or gauze--to rub your dog's teeth. When your pet is accustomed to this--perhaps after a week or two--try the toothbrush for a period of time. When your dog accepts this, add the toothpaste for a complete dog dental health routine.

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