brushing your dog's teeth

The Importance of Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

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If you are like most dog owners, you may not think about the importance of brushing your dog’s teeth as often as you should. But it is important to do so because dental problems can lead to other health issues. In this article, we will explain why brushing your dog’s teeth is important how to brush your dog’s teeth properly and provide tips for keeping their teeth healthy. So read on for everything you need to know!

Why should I brush my dog’s teeth?

Dental disease is one of the most common health problems in dogs. Up to 80% of dogs over the age of three, have some level of dental issues. Unfortunately, dental disease is not obvious and is often very painful for the dog. 

The most common oral diseases in dogs are periodontal (gum) disease and tooth fractures. Tooth decay is less common in dogs than in humans and represents less than 10% of all dental issues in dogs. 

What is plaque?

Plaque forms on the teeth in an invisible layer from multiplying bacteria. When plaque thickens and mineralizes, tartar is created, which continues to attract more plaque. When this plaque comes into contact with the gums, it causes an inflammation called gingivitis. Now we have the first stages of periodontal disease.

How to I prevent periodontal disease for my dog?

So, how can you prevent these problems from happening in the first place or at least slow their progression? Brushing your dog's teeth is the number one way to promote oral hygiene and keep those pearly whites shining. Just like with people, brushing removes plaque and bacteria that can lead to gum disease or tooth decay. 

It is important to start brushing your dog's teeth at an early age so that they become familiar with the process, and it becomes a part of their regular routine – at least once a week, and more if possible. Do not use human toothpaste or baking soda, they make special toothpaste just for your dogs. You can check out a list of dental products approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Counsel at

Even though this form of plaque control beats any other method, many pet owners do not brush their pup’s teeth. Other options include specially made dog chews like Health Extension Dental Bone treats. Also check out the large variety of chew toys called Snugarooz!

How do I brush my dog’s teeth?

If you are not sure how to brush your dog's teeth, here are a few tips:

  1. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush designed specifically for dogs or a piece of gauze wrapped around your finger.
  2. Put a small amount of doggie toothpaste on the brush or gauze.
  3. Lift his lip and gently massage their gums and teeth in a circular motion. Be sure to get all sides of each tooth and pay special attention to the back molars, which are more likely to accumulate plaque.
  4. Reward your dog with Health Extension Dental Bone treats and some extra attention after a successful brushing session.

Brushing your dog's teeth may seem like a daunting task, but it is important for their overall health and well-being. 

Now that you know why it is important to brush your dog’s teeth and how to brush your dog’s teeth properly, it is time to get started! Make brushing your dog’s teeth a part of your regular routine and they will thank you for years to come. 

Have you ever brushed your dog's teeth? What was the experience like?

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