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Posted on 12-28-2015

Our Canton Veterinarians Offer Tips for Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

Small dog waiting to have teeth brushed in Acre Mill Veterinary Clinic Your dog’s teeth and gums can become damaged or diseased without regular care, which can put your pet at risk of serious health problems. Having bad teeth or gums also affects your dog’s overall well-being by making it hard to do simple things, such as chewing food. Seeing our Canton veterinarians for professional dental care is important, but you can help keep your dog’s teeth in good condition by brushing them at home. 

Get Your Dog Used to Brushing

If your dog seems nervous, you will need to help them get used to having their teeth brushed. Start by gently running your finger over your dog’s gums for short periods of time to help them get used to the feeling. Once your dog is comfortable with this, you can move onto tooth brushing.

Use the Right Supplies

Choose a toothbrush with softer bristles, so you will not cause your dog any discomfort. Use toothpaste that is made for dogs instead of toothpaste for humans, which might cause irritation.

Brush in Circular Motions

Brush your dog’s teeth in circular motions in order to remove as many bits of food as possible. This prevents them from having plaque buildup, which can lead to tooth decay. Make sure you brush all your dog’s teeth, paying close attention to the back teeth that can be hard to reach.

Aim for Two Minutes

Brush your dog’s teeth for a total of roughly two minutes at a time. Reward your dog with praise after you are done brushing each time. Ideally, you should brush your dog’s teeth on a daily basis.

Contact Us for Dental Care

February is Pet Dental Month, which makes it a great time to ensure that your dog has healthy teeth gums for better health overall. If your dog is due for a dental exam and cleaning, contact our Canton clinic to make an appointment. We will provide your pet with thorough dental care for clean and healthy teeth and gums.

Have you ever brushed your dog’s teeth?

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