How to Brush your dog's teeth - AKC Vet's Corner

hi I'm dr. Jerry Klein chief veterinary

officer for the American Kennel Club in

its February which means it's national

pet Dental Health Month part of being a

responsible dog owner it means

maintaining dental hygiene

that means brushing your dog's teeth on

a regular basis and you want to brush

your dog's teeth to maintain good oral

health to prevent periodontal disease

dental plaque and that awful doggy


another reason to brush your dog's teeth

if you have to have your veterinarian

professionally clean them it can be very

expensive as much as $1,000 or more and

they require general anesthesia so if

you can minimize that well that's so

much better so we're gonna try to teach

you everything you need to know about

brushing your dog's teeth whether you

have an adult dog or a puppy we'll try

to show you the ways to do it the right

way now no dog likes to have their teeth

clean so you have to start slowly and

get them used to being touched all over

just like you would for any exam that

you have their ears touched around the

run the eyes have their mouth examined

and when you examine the dog's mouth the

first thing you should look for is to

make sure the gums are clean and smooth

there's no blood and there's no

irregularities if you notice anything

like blood or growth or a mass contact

your veterinarian like anything else you

need the right products and the first

thing I'm going to tell you do not use

human toothpaste it's toxic you'll hurt

your dog they'll get very sick you want

to buy toothpaste made specifically for

dogs and they come on all kinds of

flavors chicken and beef and that'll be

the best thing for your dog the second

thing you need is a good doggie

toothbrush and they come in two sizes

that are smaller and larger to fit your

dog's teeth depending on the size of the

dog they can get in the back of the

teeth so you can get a good scrub on

them and they have these finger brushes

which you can actually put on your

finger and get a good abrasion on their

teeth and some dogs may like that better

than having an actual toothbrush in

their mouth whenever you put your finger

in a dog's mouth

there could be chance for bacteria and

parasites which is especially concerning

for children so they can either wear

gloves or certainly have them wash their

hands with warm soapy water there is

always a concern for contagious of

bacteria and even parasites like round

worms and this is Miss Maisie she's our

carving Welsh Corgi and 9 months of age

and a real cutie pie so

I try to see if she likes the taste of

toothpaste as well try a little bit on

your finger and see if you laps it off

yeah yeah there you go and then you rub

the side of the mouth nice and gently

and she's used to that a little bit at

this age she's had it done a couple of

times so we're gonna try to do a like

little brushing on her left up the lip

don't yank it up and just gently the

side of the mouth brush the teeth the

upper ones and then go up from the front

and to the side

good girl what a good girl you're not

trying to do a 20 minute dental cleaning

you're trying to do just a minute or two

every day and get in the habit of doing

on a consistent basis now you don't need

to brush inside each teeth the outside

usually enough but make sure you get

both sides on the front and the bottom

teeth as well there are other ways to

keep your dog's teeth clean without

brushing like giving them dental treats

if they make specifically keep their

dog's teeth clean and some of these are

kind of chewables that they go for a

while make sure to keep an eye on them

they don't start breaking them up in

small pieces can they can get lodged

inside their throat or in their gut

never use cook bones they splinter and

are very dangerous you'll have a trip to

the vet uncooked bones the only ones we

recommend may be lamb or goat bones beef

bones and marrow bones can actually

fracture a dog's teeth and they'll

require dental treat so not all dogs

need to have their teeth clean in the

same amount of time in fact smaller

breeds especially toy breeds can have

worse teeth their large teeth and

they're crowded in the smaller mouths so

they only require more brushing now if

your dog is putting up a fight contact

your veterinarian they can either help

you out and teach you how to do a better

way or they can make an appointment to

have a professional dental cleaning now

if you want further information on

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KC org so remember check your dog's

mouth first for any abnormalities if you

see bleeding or gross or anything that

looks not right call your veterinarian

always get the right toothpaste never

human toothpaste remember it's toxic

they'll call your dog to get sick find

the right kind of toothbrush that'll

work for your dog be consistent on a

regular basis go small increments and

then go work up from there develop a

regular pattern if your dogs are having

a hard time with this call your

veterinarian and get some advice always

remember to practice good hygiene and

wash your hands thoroughly after

touching your dog's mouth for more

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