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3 Tips to Make Dog Teeth Cleaning Easy


     Are your dog's teeth yellow? Does his breath have an unpleasant odor? Unfortunately, these symptoms could be the least of your dog's dental woes. Although dogs are typically not prone to developing cavities like humans are, there are a host of other dental problems, like plaque and tartar build-up and gingivitis, which can lead to toothaches, and eventually more serious health issues like heart, kidney or liver disease. In fact, statistics indicate that approximately 80 percent of dogs have acquired some degree of dental disease by the time they reach just three years old. Fortunately, these problems can be kept at bay when you practice the proper dental care techniques. If caring for your dog's teeth seems a bit unnerving at first, follow these tips and tricks and before you know it, dog teeth cleaning will be a breeze.


1. Begin Familiarizing Your Dog With Teeth Cleaning at an Early Age


     If you're lucky enough to have your canine companion as a pup, you will likely notice a mouth full of super sharp baby teeth at just eight weeks old. While there isn't much that really needs to be done to care for baby teeth, you can take advantage of the time to begin familiarizing your dog with oral hygiene at an early age.

• Get him used to having his dog teeth cleaning performed by making a game of frequently examining his teeth and gently brushing them with a soft toothbrush.

• As your dog becomes more accustomed to allowing you to perform your regular dog teeth cleaning ritual, his patience will likely develop as well. Until then, it's okay to simply brush some of his teeth one day and the rest the next.


• Don't try to be an overachiever. Forcing your dog to comply after he begins to become agitated can make dog teeth cleaning more difficult in the long run.



2. Select the Proper Tools for the Job


     Cleaning your dog's teeth will be much more enjoyable for both you and your pet when you have the right tools.

• Do not use human toothpaste for your dog. Fluoride, a common ingredient found in most human toothpaste, is highly toxic for dogs. Instead, always select a toothpaste that is specifically formulated for dogs.

• Look for a toothbrush that is designed for brushing dog's teeth. Some people choose brushes with an angled handle for better reach, while others prefer finger toothbrushes which slip over the tip of your finger and offer more control.



3. Make the Experience Fun

     Be sure to speak soothingly to your dog while you brush his teeth to help keep him relaxed. If your dog is hesitant about allowing you to handle his mouth, the following tips should make him more receptive.

• Try dabbing a bit of meat baby food, low-fat yogurt or peanut butter on your finger and let him lick it while you gently rub his gums and teeth.

• Once your dog becomes more comfortable, bring out the brushing gear and let him sniff or lick the toothbrush and toothpaste.


• Gradually begin rubbing your dog's teeth with the toothbrush, and apply more toothpaste as needed to keep his interest.

• When you are finished, always offer a reward or treat praise him for a job well done. Soon, he may even look forward to his daily dog teeth cleaning experience.



For more tips to make caring for your dog easier, or to inquire about bringing a new four legged friend into your home, contact Kybra Kennels today!

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