How to Brush Your Pet's Teeth

 

Having a pet means having it in perfect condition. When we take care of our pets, removing tartar is one of the fundamentals. Therefore, we should know how to brush our pet's teeth and for this, there are numerous toothbrushes for dogs and cats that will help us permanently remove tartar on our pets.

 

Benefits of brushing your pet's teeth

As in humans, our pet's oral health is linked to his general health. Basically, it can be said that in the care of pets, if it does not have healthy teeth it will be dangerous for their well-being.

This is because bacteria in our pet's mouth can easily enter his bloodstream. In turn, this would cause a systemic disease, including heart disease and diabetes. There are also many veterinarians who have determined that untreated periodical infections cause more serious health problems.

 

If you want to determine whether your pet suffers from a periodental disease, you should know the main signs as follow:

  • Bad breath.
  • Sensitivity in the mouth.
  • Loose teeth or loss of them.
  • Drooling.
  • Kick your mouth.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Chewing difficulty.
  • Red or bleeding gums.
  • Depressed and irritable mood.

So the main benefit of brushing pet’s teeth is preventing periodical diseases that can lead to other types of diseases in your dog or cat.

 

Create teeth brushing habits in pets

When it comes to taking care of our pet's oral hygiene (either cat or dog), the ideal is that we create a routine.

We should know that small dogs and brachycephalic breeds with broad, flat, or short horns (such as carlinos or bulldog) will need more frequent brushing. This is because their teeth accumulate much more tartar and, therefore, increases the risk of developing a periodental disease.

 

Steps to follow for brushing your pet's teeth

The first thing we have to know is that our dog will feel a strange sensation when we want to rummage through his mouth.

The best thing, therefore, is to take things easy. Introduce the toothbrush in small steps, so that our dog does not get confused and annoying. We can also teach our dog or cat that good things always happen when he has his teeth brushed.

 

Before we put the toothbrush in our dog's mouth, we can dip our finger into something our dog likes and let him lick it. When he is doing so, he lifts his lips. Repeat this twice a day during the first weeks.

When our dog is comfortable, place a hand under his chin. Put the other hand on the top of his snout. When he relaxed, slowly introduce the toothbrush and go brushing.

 

There are many toothbrushes for dogs and cats that exist in the market. Even our dog does not like a brush as such, we can buy a bone-toothbrush made of non-toxic and safe silicone for him. In this type of toys we can insert the toothpaste and so our dog or cat will have their teeth clean in a simple way.