Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 13, 2009)

Just as a person needs to brush their teeth, so does your pet. Why have a professional brush your dog's teeth, when you can do it yourself. This is not to say that you should never have your dog looked at by a veterinarian, because you should. In fact, you should have your dog examined regularly by a professional veterinarian, and definitely before you begin brushing your dog's teeth.

This is a task that anyone can do as long as they know how. Learn to truly take care of your dog in the best possible way. It's not hard, and frankly put brushing your teeth can be an enjoyable experience for you and your dog. That is, as long as you know what to do and you have the right materials. Here is all the information that you are going to need to do just that, simply follow this simple step by step procedure.

Materials:

  • Doggie dental kit
  • "Scooby snacks" (i.e. doggie treats)
  • Doggie toothbrush
  • Doggie toothpaste

Procedure:

  1. Examine. Before beginning any type of home dental program, make sure that you actually have your pet examined by a professional. Just like a person that needs to go to the dentist on a regular basis, your dog is going to need the same thing. Your "doggie dentist" is going to be able to tell you whether or not there are any damaged teeth or other dental problems.
  2. Practice. It's always a good thing to practice, as they say "practice, makes perfect." You are going to need to practice to make sure that your dog gets used to you looking in his/her mouth. If you don't then your pet might potentially be hurt and retaliate.
  3. Brush. Using your doggie dental tools, follow the instructions carefully. This enables a better outcome than just trying to do it blind. In many respects the process is going to be the same as when you brush your own teeth. Simply make sure that you have given your dog a comfortable location for the process.
  4. Reward. When you have completed your oral grooming task, go ahead and reward your pampered pooch by giving them a treat. This helps to reinforce the idea that this is not a harmful task, but rather one that should be enjoyed and looked forward to.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

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