How to Brush a Small Dog's Teeth With Toothpaste

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Medium
5 - 15 Minutes
2 Week

Introduction

Keeping up with your dog’s dental health will help him stay healthy overall. Dogs can get periodontal disease just as humans do. If your small dog battles periodontal disease, it could affect the rest of his body. Your little guy could lose teeth and bone as well as have heart kidney and liver failure. Taking care of his teeth to fight all of these diseases is easy to do with a little dedication, some dog toothpaste, and a small dog toothbrush. Try to put your little guy on a brushing schedule so he's used to the activity and you have reminders to get it done

Dog's Perspective

If your little guy is not used to having his teeth brushed it might help to have a partner hold him and provide comfort. Because your dog is small, holding him without scaring him or hurting him should be fairly easy to do especially with a partner. Don't forget to end every tooth brushing session with a tasty treat to make him feel a bit better.

The Two Armed Method

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Prepare
Prepare your small dog toothbrush with a bit of dog toothpaste. This should be tasty as well as get the job done paste.
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First arm
With one arm, hold your small dog comfortably and firmly. You want your hold to be strong enough that your little guy doesn't wiggle away. If you can keep his head still, all the better.
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Second arm
Holding a toothbrush in your other hand, lift up your dog's jaw and begin to brush the front teeth. If your dog allows, use the hand holding your dog to lift up your dog's upper jaw and get the mouth open wider.
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Brushing
You may need to reapply some toothpaste on to your toothbrush as you brush your dog's teeth. But until you need to do that, try to get toothpaste and the brush on every tooth in the front of your dog's mouth.
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Gum line
Angle the dog toothbrush 45 degrees and brush the gum line well, along with the tops of the teeth. This is where plaque and tartar build so you want to remove everything you can in this space.
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Back teeth
Before you are done with your dog's teeth you will probably need to apply more toothpaste on to the toothbrush and brush the back teeth. Because your little guy is small, use that first arm you are holding him with to pry open his jaw and get the toothbrush back to the back teeth.
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Smile
Once you have gotten as much of the back teeth as you can, you can have your dog smile to get the face of the back teeth and do one last pass on the front teeth if your dog will allow. One side at a time, lift your dog's lips up and back forcing his face into a beautiful smiling position.
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Brush face of teeth
With your dog smiling, get that toothbrush on to the face of his teeth and gum line with the same 45-degree angle you did with the front teeth.
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The Facing Dog Method

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Prepare
Gather all of the tools you will need to brush your dog's teeth. You will need to have a table or counter set up with a nonstick surface so your dog doesn't slide. For many owners, a towel works fine. Also, prepare your toothbrush with dog toothpaste so you're ready to go when your dog is sitting in front of you.
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Placement
Set your dog on the counter or table in front of you. Don't forget to have a non-slip surface underneath your dog so he does not slide or try to grip the counter with his claws. Stand in front of your pup facing him and be ready to brush.
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Lips
Take one hand over your dog's nose and lift his upper lips to show his gums and teeth. Rub your fingers across his gums to massage the gums and prepare him for what's to come.
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Dog toothpaste
Let your dog sniff the toothpaste and give it a little taste.
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Brushing
Lift your dog's upper lip again and apply the toothpaste to your dog's visible teeth with the toothbrush. Brush as you do your own teeth across and up and down, removing any dirt, debris, food, and plaque.
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Gum line
Angle the toothbrush to a 45-degree angle to work on your dog's gum line. This is where disease starts. Try to remove all of the plaque at that gum line to keep your dog's oral health in tip-top shape.
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Lift
Using the hand above your dog's nose, lift up your dog's to reveal the insides and backs of your dog's top teeth and his bottom teeth. Continue to brush up and down, front and back in a circular motion, focusing on the gum line on every tooth your dog will let you reach.
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Back teeth
Brush your dog's back teeth, tops, bottoms, fronts, and backs using a circular motion and that 45-degree angle you used for the gum line.
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Bleeding
You may see some light pink bleeding on the brush. Don't worry if it's light. If you see a lot of gum bleeding, your pressure may be too hard. If your dog is new to teeth brushing or hasn't been brushed in a while you may see bleeding for the first few times you brush your dog's teeth. However, if your dog is heavily bleeding every time you brush, talk to your veterinarian about potential gum disease.
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Treats and routine
Be sure to give your dog a tasty treat to eat once you are done brushing. And to remind yourself to make this a routine grooming task, put a schedule on your calendar to do it on a regular basis and keep your dog's teeth healthy and clean.
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Caution & Considerations

  • If your dog is not used to teeth brushing he might be a little apprehensive. Keep your attitude and mood light and reassure your dog often.
  • You may need to brush your entire dog's mouth over two to four sessions until he gets used to what you are doing.
  • Just as you brush your teeth, use circular motions to get the fronts and backs of the teeth.
  • Remember to focus on that gum line at a 45-degree angle with your toothbrush because this is where plaque and tartar build up, causing gum disease.
  • Brushing your little guy's teeth on a regular basis is really important for his overall health. Gum disease can cause other issues with heart, liver, and kidneys so brushing is a simple routine maintenance item to keep your little guy is healthy as you can.
  • Never use people toothpaste on your dog.
  •  If you don't have dog toothpaste on hand, a wet toothbrush and baking soda work just fine. Quickly make a paste mixing baking soda and water and dip the toothbrush into the solution to get your dog's teeth clean.
  • Be sure your veterinarian is checking your dog's teeth at every well visit to ensure your dog is not developing periodontal disease.
  • Always end every grooming session with love affection and a treat. This will remind your dog coming back for the next session will end the same way and he will always be rewarded for being such a great dog.

Conclusion

If you have time to show your little dog how to smile, which is easy to do with these little guys, make his teeth pearly white while maintaining great health with routine oral hygiene. Add brushing your dog's teeth and gums to your regular grooming sessions and pack a lot of beautiful into one small package.

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