It may not seem like an obvious thing to do, but brushing your dog’s teeth is necessary in order to have a happy and healthy pet! Here’s why brushing your dog’s teeth is so important:
Why Should I Brush My Dog’s Teeth?
Your dog wouldn’t brush its teeth in the wild, but it also wouldn’t eat kibble and treats either! Processed diets encourage plaque and tartar buildup, which, if not properly cleaned, can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease in the future. The same goes for humans, too! Imagine if the only time you cleaned your teeth is when you chewed on a toothpick. That’s how your dog feels just having bones to chew on as a way to clean its teeth.
By not brushing your dog’s teeth, not only will you guarantee expensive vet bills for yourself in the future, but you will also diminish your dog’s quality of life because it won’t be able to eat or play normally. Even dogs on raw diets should have their teeth brushed at least a few times a week!
How Do I Brush My Dog’s Teeth?
Not every dog enjoys having a toothbrush stuck in its mouth, so it’s important to start slowly. Get your dog relaxed and slowly lift up their gums, gently touching their teeth. Do this for a few days while slowly introducing a piece of wet gauze over their teeth to get them used to the sensation of having a new object in their mouths.
Over time, introduce them to dog-friendly toothpaste (human toothpaste is toxic for dogs!), and finally, introduce a dog-friendly toothbrush made specifically for their teeth. This process can take a few weeks, so be patient and don’t lose hope if your dog doesn’t cooperate at first. Always reward them with healthy treats and lots of praise during every step of the process!
Make sure to ask your vet to check your dog’s teeth and gums during your visits, as they may recommend that you get your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned if they have any potential dental issues.
How to Set a Good Example
Be a positive pack leader and don’t forget to also maintain your own oral health too! Brush and floss your teeth twice a day and visit your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings and examinations to make sure your teeth are in tiptop shape.
Our team at Normandy Dentistry is excited to help you have the smile of your dreams. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!