How To: Dog Dental Cleaning

Brushing or cleaning your dog’s teeth is a good idea for a number of reasons; fresher breath, helping the dog’s immune system, and preventing other illnesses. There are different products available depending on the needs of your dog, but let’s first look at the concept of teeth cleaning for a dog.

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You don’t want to just jump in and go after your dog’s teeth with a toothbrush. The action and sensation is foreign to dogs and they will resist. Instead, you can slowly introduce the concept of brushing by:

  • First using some bullion or a small amount of dog food on your finger. Let your dog lick it off, then start rubbing the dog’s teeth with your finger. Repeat this until the dog is comfortable with this step.
  • Now wrap some gauze around your finger and repeat the rubbing steps. This will get the dog used to the different sensation of the gauze.
  • Next, introduce a toothbrush using the bullion or food as a treat. Let the dog lick the food from the brush to become familiar with the texture of the brush.
  • Lastly, use a toothpaste formulated for dogs and start brushing their teeth. Only do a few teeth to start until your dog is comfortable with the process, then move to the teeth that are harder to reach.
  • One caution — Never use human toothpaste on your dog, it’s not meant for them as many contain Xylitol which can cause severe liver problems.

Mickey’s Pet Supplies offers a range of products which can help your dog maintain fresh breath.

  • We have a great selection of dental chews and your dog will love that will help keep their teeth clean.
  • Need a bit more help? Try Tropiclean’s Fresh Breath Water Additive that acts as a breath freshener for up to 12 hours at a time. Or try the Tropiclean Fresh Breath Gel.
  • We have dog friendly toothbrushes and pastes if your dog is okay with having their teeth brushed.
  • If not, try Ark Naturals Breath­less Brush­less Toothpaste, a chew containing a patented toothpaste center which will prevent decay and reduce dental plaque.

As always, Mickey’s Pet Supplies online store is open 24/7, so stop by and help restore your dog’s fresh breath.

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