Step by Step Guide:
- Start with letting your dog you know that you are not going to hurt them, by touching around his or her mouth
- Use a baby toothbrush with the softest bristle
- Get a proper pet toothpaste
- Put some toothpaste on a toothbrush
- Open the lips a little bit and just gently massage the teeth – don’t press too hard
- Remember to brush the back gently
- Repeat on the other side
Welcome to My Vet how to videos. My name is Doctor Cherlene Lee and today I’m going to be showing you how to brush your dog’s teeth.
Firstly, personally I don’t brush my dog’s teeth because it is very difficult and he doesn’t like it. But with that said, Chu comes in for a dental scale and polish every 18 months.
First of all, start with letting your dog know you’re quite comfortable touching around his or her mouth. You can start that by using your finger and letting them know that you’re not hurting them. You can do positive reinforcements, after you do this give them a treat, once they are a lot more comfortable, I find that using a baby toothbrush with the softest bristle works. Get a proper pet toothpaste, to use because human toothpaste is completely a no go.
So, put some toothpaste on a toothbrush. Open the teeth like that a little bit and just gently, just massage it so don’t press too hard. Some dogs with severe dental disease this can very painful and they not gonna accept it. Remember to brush the back like that just very gently. As you can see it can be quite hard trying to brush their teeth, so that’s why I don’t, but to be honest I don’t do it but Chu comes in for a scale and polish every 18 months. So, you can repeat that on the other side, there are also other things that you can do to help maintain their teeth. If you would like more information you can check out our Ebook. Send us an email and we will be happy to send that E-book to you.