How to Clean Your Dog’s Teeth
If you have a dog you know it can cost a lot of money to have their teeth professionally cleaned. But a few good habits can help reduce the risk of Fido developing dental problems.
Dog expert Cesar Millan recommends:
- Start brushing your dog’s teeth as a puppy so he or she is comfortable with the regular cleaning.
- Use a special canine toothbrush with a double-head and brush at a 45 degree angle (to clean below the gum line). Use a special dog toothpaste (ask your vet) too.
- Start slowly and stop if your dog becomes too agitated, even if you don’t brush the whole mouth.
- Speak soothingly and pleasantly during the brushing, and reward your dog with a treat afterwards. .
- Feed your dog dry food – because it keeps teeth cleaner than soft food that sticks to the teeth and can cause decay. Most vets also sell special food that is formulated to help keep teeth clean too.
- Give the dog chew bones and toys that are made to clean teeth.
- See a vet if there appears to be problems with the dog’s teeth.
Shampooing your pet? Remember to use specially formulated dog shampoo, say the cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID. Human shampoo is not recommended for a dog’s skin.