Your dog's teeth need to be cared for and cleaned in order to prevent dental issues such as gum disease, rotting teeth, and tooth or jaw pain. They should also be cleaned to prevent other health related issues caused by poor oral health such as liver or heart problems. Cleaning your dog's teeth should begin when he's young, but if you're starting the routine somewhat later in his life it could be a little more difficult. See below for tips on how to begin a cleaning routine:
Get Him Used To You
If you don't normally touch your dog's muzzle or get by his mouth or teeth too much, you'll need to get him used to you being in this area. Some dogs may not like this too much and may snap at you or could hold his mouth closed so you can't get inside. Take your time with this and practice getting close to his mouth or teeth until he is used to you.
Start slowly by only brushing his front teeth, or simply allowing him to lick the toothpaste from the doggy toothbrush or finger brush. Be sure to use only canine toothbrushes and toothpaste. Human items should never be used on your pup, as they can be harmful to his health. Don't worry if you can only brush his front teeth or just one tooth when you start. It is going to take time to get him used to you brushing his teeth, and that's OK.
Brush Behind Teeth And Brush Gums
After you have established some trust with your pup you should be able to brush his back teeth with the toothbrush. Get behind teeth and brush his gums as well if you can. Remove as much plaque as you can from his teeth.
Watch For Warning Signs
Keep an eye out for any warning signs of gum disease or other issues. If your pup has inflamed gums, red or bleeding gums, missing or broken teeth, black teeth or is constantly pawing at his muzzle, he could have some dental issues. Be sure to take your dog to the veterinarian right away for a checkup to prevent further issues and to help alleviate any pain your pup may be feeling.
Dental cleanings are important for your teeth, and they are just as important for your furry buddy. Establish a routine at home, but also take your pup to the veterinarian for a professional dog dental cleaning as well.