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Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth is Essential

As a pet owner, you might wonder if it is really necessary to brush your dog’s teeth. After all, wild canines don’t have access to toothbrushes, and they seem to do just fine. However, domestic dogs rely on us for their care, including dental hygiene.

Don’t neglect your dog’s teeth

Neglecting your dog’s dental care can lead to more than just bad breath. An amazing 80% of dogs over age three have plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to periodontal disease. This can lead to painful infections and tooth loss. It can even impact overall health, including heart disease.

Regular tooth brushing has benefits

Regular brushing removes plaque and prevents the formation of tartar. Your dog’s teeth should be brushed daily, but even a few times a week can make a big difference to their dental health. By maintaining good dental hygiene, you’re not only ensuring fresh breath but also preventing potential health issues.

How do I brush my dog’s teeth?

Find a good place without distractions for your dog to have its teeth brushed. Use a toothbrush designed for dogs and canine toothpaste. Toothpaste for people has xylitol and fluoride, which is harmful to your dog. If your dog is skittish about it you might need to get it used to having its mouth and teeth touched. Add the toothpaste gradually. Dog toothpaste comes in flavors they enjoy like chicken or peanut butter. Make it a positive experience with plenty of praise. The dog will get used to it and come to love the time spent with you.

    Dog toothpaste with toothbrush and finger toothbrush.

    Get a combination toothbrush, finger toothbrush and beef flavored toothpaste.


    Brushing your dog’s teeth might seem like a chore, but it’s an integral part of their grooming routine. Just like humans, dogs need regular dental care to maintain their health and well-being. So, grab that toothbrush and start brushing – your furry friend will thank you for it. Remember, a healthy mouth leads to a healthier, happier dog!

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