Periodontitis, or the inflammation of the gums, is a dental disease which can cause enormous problems with your dog's teeth, gums, and bones. If you're not taking care of your dog's teeth and brushing them consistently or having your vet tech care for your dog's teeth on a regular basis, he could eventually lose his teeth, develop infections in his gums, and deal with bone loss in his jaw bones. Brushing your dog's teeth is not just about removing tartar and plaque and getting rid of dog breath, it is also about your dog's overall health. Training your dog to brush his teeth makes it much easier. You can get your dog used to the feel of the toothbrush, the taste of the dog toothpaste, and you playing around in his mouth by repeating the process often and brushing as fast as you can.
If your dog is not used to having his teeth brushed he may be a little apprehensive about you poking around inside his mouth with a big plastic tool. When you are not brushing your dog's teeth, give him lots of rewards such as treats that are used to help clean teeth. Make your dog's teeth cleaning sessions short at first, cleaning only a quarter of his teeth at a time until he's used to what it feels like to have the toothpaste and a toothbrush in his mouth. Give him lots of verbal praise and attention and, of course, after brushing offer a tasty treat to reward him for patience and tolerance.
Pearly whites aren’t just for humans. Give your dog nice healthy chompers while helping him maintain great overall health as well. It might take some time, but with a healthy mouth, your pup will be thanking you for the gift of a sparkling smile.