16 January 2013 ~ 0 Comments

How to Brush Your Small Dog’s Teeth Step by Step

Brushing your small dog's teeth can be a bonding experience. Photo courtesy ADQ, Flickr

Brushing your small dog’s teeth can be a bonding experience. Photo courtesy ADQ, Flickr

“Woof! Do I have to get my teeth cleaned, mom and dad?”

As you may already know canine dental health is extremely important not only for their longevity, but also in helping control periodontal disease, which could lead to painful and costly tooth extractions. But getting your dog to cooperate with teeth cleaning can be a whole other story. Here is how to brush your small dog’s teeth step by step, which make the process a lot simpler for both you and your fur baby.

How to Brush Your Small Dog’s Teeth Step by Step

  • Supplies: A nylon-bristle children’s toothbrush, rubber finger brush, washcloth or piece of gauze may be used. Pet toothpaste comes in several flavors. Ask your veterinarian if your dog needs one with special abrasives or extra enzymes.
  • Position yourself on one side of your dog’s head; use one hand to lift the lip up and the other hand to manipulate the brush.
  • Aim bristles at a 45-degree angle to the tooth, with bristles pointing toward the gum line. This will brush along the crevice where the gum and tooth meet, which is where gingivitis starts.
  • Brush with an oval motion, as you would use brushing your own teeth.

Now that you know how to brush your small dog’s teeth step by step you can make this a regular routine and help avoid expensive trips to the veterinarian’s office. In addition to this there are a few other ways you can maintain good oral health, which is explained in our article, Don’t Forget! Your Small Dog Needs Clean Teeth, Too.

Brushing your small dog’s teeth does not have to be difficult. In fact, it can be a time of nurturing and love that is helpful at the same time. By praising your dog often and offering them treats they will view this as a positive experience and will actually look forward to getting their teeth cleaned.

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