We brush our teeth at least twice a day, including flossing and mouth rinse, right? But when was the last time you brushed your dog's teeth? Our furry friends are part of our family and taking care of their oral hygiene is also important.
According to PetMD, "To prevent serious dental disease, it's recommended to brush your pet's teeth 2-3 times a week."Yikes! I have to admit, it's been months since I brushed my pup's teeth last. It was due time to break out the MamaP bamboo toothbrush - I use the kids yellow one. Mainly because it's small enough and easy to maneuver, but also because it's really cute. Here is my 4-step guide to brushing your dog's teeth.
Step 1: Grab A Bamboo Toothbrush And Doggy Toothpaste
I started by researching DIY toothpastes for dogs, but ultimately decided to use Nutri-Vet's dog toothpaste. There is so much information out there but I didn't want to take any risks. With the toothpaste and bamboo toothbrush in hand, I was ready to start. Well, almost.....
Step 2: Grab Your Furry Friend
I prefer sitting on the floor when brushing the dog's teeth. It helps seeing where to angle the brush. Don't forget the treats to bribe the good behavior!
Step 3: Let Your Dog Smell The Bamboo Toothbrush And Paste
Allowing your dog to smell the bamboo toothbrush and toothpaste gives them a head's up - a sensory experience if you may. I've found it makes it less uncertain if the dog has already inspected the items.
Step 4: Start Brushing
Place a pea size of toothpaste on the brush and start! The goal is brushing at the gum line - same as how we brush our teeth. Now your furry friend may not like this as much, so take your time. I use treats and reward for being a "good boy". My method is starting with the canines - they're easy to reach and a small win all around. The tricky teeth are the back ones, and those will take stop / starting if your dog is anything like mine. Slow and steady wins the race.
If you'd like a refresher for brushing your own teeth - check out Hannah The Hygienist as she talks through human brushing 101.
We've got ourselves a happy camper - or maybe he's glad it's over? In any case, teeth are cleaned!