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How to Clean Your Dog's Teeth

Added on Feb 29, 2008 From Howcast

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"Doggy breath" isn't just an expression—regular oral hygiene is just as important for dogs as it is for people. Which is why it's never too early—or too late—to start polishing your puppy's pearly whites.

Step 1: Check teeth & gums
At least once a week, sit your dog down to check his teeth and gums.

If you have a small dog, you may prefer placing him on a counter or table with a towel under him.

Step 2: Feel gums
Gently run your fingers along your pooch's gums, checking for swelling, tenderness, and tartar buildup. They should feel firm and have a healthy color.

If your dog's gum area seems especially sensitive, or if you notice swelling or bleeding, take the dog to a vet.

Step 3: Let pet sniff toothpaste
Put a small dab of canine toothpaste on your finger and let your pet sniff it and lick it off.

You can substitute baking soda and water, but never use human toothpaste.

Step 4: Let dog sniff again
Now put some of the toothpaste on the brush and let him sniff it again. Now he should be familiar with the paste and brush and more willing to let you brush his teeth.

Step 5: Brush teeth
Gently brush the dog's teeth, front and back, for as long as he'll let you.

Step 6: Give drink of water
Give the dog a drink of water.

Step 7: Wash hands
Wash your hands when you're all done.

If your vet recommends it, have your dog's teeth professionally cleaned. Since this procedure is done under anesthesia, it is more thorough than a home cleaning.

Step 8: Reward with a treat
Reward him with a treat. It may sound weird, but giving your dog a treat after his teeth-cleaning will make him remember the process more fondly next time!

Did You Know?
One of the best ways to keep your dog's teeth clean and healthy is to feed him kibbled dry food instead of canned.

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Bears/66 Says:

Jun 4, 2016 - My dog hates it when brush her teeth .she doesn't like when I touch her face .what can I do she has a lot of tarter on her teeth

Carol Michael Says:

Aug 21, 2015 - Thank u guys this video helped me alot im getting a maltese and this breed needs alot of dental care or else their teeth will be very unhealthy

levi is pan Says:

Jan 1, 2015 - Why would you give your dog a treat after brushing them that's pointless

suga's gummy smile gives me life Says:

Jun 12, 2014 - 0.51 the dogs tooth just dropped out º-º

gooderprose Says:

Jun 30, 2013 - As a pro groomer my biggest challenge is getting the dog to let me mess with his teeth.

Luna Noble Says:

May 29, 2013 - ugh!!! why is the dog toothpaste BLACK!??!. i would expect brown or something... but BLACK?!?

lala j Says:

Apr 4, 2013 - i have that toothpaste for my dog xD its peanut butter flavor at least that's what it says

Factivist Says:

Feb 18, 2013 - make step 7 giving the treat...if u wash your hands, then give treat, dog doesnt associate treat with having teeth rafiki would say "It's in da past!!"

kuira estes Says:

Oct 21, 2012 - haha that is a vet

Tay Tay Says: