At Boundary Vets we see dental care as an essential part of keeping your pet healthy. Pets, like people, easily develop plaque and tartar on their teeth. If this is allowed to build up, it can lead to tooth decay, as well as other more serious conditions such as heart and kidney disease.
We recommend brushing your pet's teeth to keep them healthy – please see below for our step by step guide.
If your pet is suffering from dental disease, dental treatment may be required.
All dental treatments require your pet to be under general anaesthetic: we will discuss this with you and always take this into account when deciding if dental treatment is right for your pet.
Step by step guide on how to brush your dog’s teeth
We recommend starting to slowly introduce your dog to having their teeth brushed when they are young, at around 3 months old.
We recommend using Logic toothpaste, it’s safe to use on puppy’s from 3 months old along with a finger brush. Logic is a highly palatable formula containing enzymes which help control the bacteria responsible for development of plaque and bad breath.
Daily brushing of your dog’s teeth is the single most effective means of removing plaque and therefore is highly recommended.
(Never use human tooth paste on dogs)
Step by Step guide
- Practice lifting up your dog’s lip while they are sitting still and have a look at their gums and teeth. Repeat this over time to get them used to this feeling. You can praise your dog and reward them for allowing this behaviour (This is highly recommended as it will also make your vets/ vet nurses life a lot easier when looking in your dog's mouth).
- Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto your finger brush and get your dog to lick it off. This will get them used to the taste and texture of the tooth paste and finger brush. You can repeat this a few times until they are happy with the taste.
- Once your dog is used to step 1 and 2, you can squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto the finger brush. Slowly and softly start to brush your dog’s front teeth. This is because they are easiest to reach. Once they are comfortable with this task you can reach further and further back until you can brush all your dogs teeth. (This may take time but be patient with your dog as you don’t want to make this a scary experience).
Note: While your puppy is teething we do not advise brushing their teeth as this may not be a pleasant experience for them but please do continue to practice step 1 and 2 to keep your puppy happy with the handling of their mouths.
- Once your puppy has all of their adult teeth through and their gums have settled down you can then continue to brush their teeth again. Once they are happy with a finger brush you can then start to introduce an actual tooth brush for best results.