Does your pup suffer from an all-day case of morning breath?
Brushing your dog’s teeth should be a regular part of his hygiene routine, especially as older dogs have a tendency to lose teeth.
For starters, dry food is better for dog’s teeth than wet foods. The crunch factor helps clean plaque off of teeth.
Start your dog off on a teeth-brushing regime when he is a puppy, so he’s accustomed to always having that task in his life.
Go to the pet store and pick a toothpaste. Human toothpaste can be harmful to dogs, as it contains fluoride, so choose one formulated for a dog. Grab a dog-specific toothbrush while you’re there.
To brush his teeth, catch him while he’s calm. Snuggle him in your lap or wrap your free arm around him. Place a small dollop of toothpaste on the brush. Then, gently pull back his gums and brush his teeth. Dogs don’t need to rinse, but do offer him a bowl of clean water afterward.
Flossing is optional.