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How often should I brush my Dog’s teeth?

Oral hygiene is essential to your dog’s overall health.  Oral disease is a very common problem in dog’s and cats.  Up to 80% of dogs by the age of 3 are affected by oral disease.  You can significantly reduce your dog’s risk of getting oral disease by establishing an oral-care routine early in your pet’s life.

It would be most ideal to brush your dog’s teeth daily; but, because this task can be difficult to do each day, experts say some form of regular brushing is better than nothing.  I would recommend a minimum of once a week, combined with a brushing at their grooming appointment every 4-8 weeks.  This will prove to be very helpful in preventing the buildup of tarter on your dog’s teeth.

Poor canine oral hygiene can start a domino effect of health problems for your dog.  Built up bacteria becomes plaque which eventually becomes tarter.  Periodontal disease is a direct result of bacteria that lives in tarter.   It can lead to a variety of problems including tooth loss, pain, gum disease and bad breath.  Over time it will also contribute to liver, heart and kidney disease.

When brushing your dog’s teeth, do not use human toothpaste.  It can make your dog sick and even poison him.  You want to be sure to use pet-friendly toothpaste and a toothbrush that’s an appropriate size to fit into his/her mouth.  Introducing this new ritual should be a very slow process.  You want it to be a positive experience.  Allow your dog to just taste the toothpaste the first time.  On the second time more tasting and then use a finger grip toothbrush.  Then, when you and your pet are comfortable with that, you can begin to use a toothbrush.  This may take some time, but stick with it and make sure you do something fun with your dog afterwards!  Keep it positive!!

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