Brushing with a pet toothbrush and toothpaste is still the most effective option. Cleaning your pet’s teeth on a regular basis will help to prevent the problems caused by bacteria and plaque build-up. Follow these steps:
Talk to your veterinarian to gather information and ask them to:
Recommend a toothbrush that is appropriate for your type and size of pet
Select a toothpaste that will entice your pet and make them look forward to having their teeth brushed, most kinds of toothpaste are flavored in a way that dogs will enjoy the taste. Do no use human toothpaste.
Provide a demonstration of the steps involved in brushing your pet’s teeth.
The following steps will teach your pet to enjoy their brushing routine:
Begin by helping the dog get comfortable with the brushing motions:
Over a few weeks, daily massage their lips with your finger moving in a circular motion
Once the lips have been massaged, move to the teeth and gums
Once the animal is comfortable, place a small amount of toothpaste on the animal’s lips to introduce them to the taste
Using the toothbrush, massage the animal’s gums
Apply toothpaste to the toothbrush or directly on the teeth and then gently brush the teeth using the following technique:
At a 45-degree angle to the teeth, gently move the toothbrush in small, circular motions
Clean one area at a time
Since the teeth that touch the cheek have the most tartar, using a downward motion of the toothbrush will help to loosen and remove this tartar.