So, your pup just came running over to you and blasted your face with breath so bad it could kill living plants on contact. Did you know your dog's teeth should be brushed on a daily basis, just like yours? No?
One of the biggest reasons most people give for not bothering to brush their pup's teeth is, "Why do I need to brush his teeth, they don't get cavities." While it is true that dogs don't get cavities in the same way ours do, they do get gum disease that can be painful and lead to the loss of teeth.
Very few dogs, if any, start out liking it when you try to brush their teeth. In fact, many will high tail it out of the room when they see you coming with a toothbrush and toothpaste in your hand. Remember, your pup doesn’t care about a Hollywood smile or what his breath smells like. But, at the same time, it is your job to take care of your pup's teeth and gums. Not doing so can lead to gum disease and numerous other medical and dental issues.
Human toothpaste contains fluoride and other chemicals that could seriously harm your pup.
Be sure you are using a canine toothbrush, as those made for humans are not made with the head at the right angle for use in a dog's mouth. Because of this, you may not get his teeth properly cleaned.
Take your time and be gentle, you are only trying to clean your pup's teeth and gums, not scour them and make them hurt. If you brush too hard, you may make your dog more skittish instead of calming him down.
Be sure to take your dog in to see his vet for a full oral examination once a year to have his gums and teeth checked for damage.
Your dog's teeth should be brushed every day, this is the best way to keep his teeth and gums clean. But you can also use dental chews, bones, and dental sprays to help out along the way.
The reality is, that once your pup stops fussing, it should only take you a few minutes to do the brushing. But, those few minutes can make a huge difference to your pup's dental health. If you have an older dog, have the vet check him out and give him a clean bill of health, then get on track with brushing his teeth on a daily basis. It won't take long for both of you to master this very valuable skill.