You should brush your pet’s teeth

Your pet’s mouth health must be maintained in the same way you look after your own teeth and gums.

Many pet owners leave out an important aspect of dogs’ and cats’ health — dental care. Some pet experts claim you should brush your pet’s teeth daily, though this is probably unnecessary. You should, however, have a regular regime of maintaining your pet’s mouth health to avoid canine dental problems.

Make sure your pet is relaxed when you brush their teeth. You may even consider an annual vet appointment where your pet is anesthetised for a full check-up and treatment. Here are some tips for brushing your pet’s teeth from Australia Pet Doors.

Use a toothbrush for dogs with soft bristles at a specific angle (cats generally have smaller mouths and need an even smaller brush). Don’t use human toothpaste as it can upset a dog’s stomach. Hold the bristles at a 45-degree angle to the tooth surface. Brush in an oval motion, and scrub the gum line.

For inside surfaces of pet teeth, hold their muzzle from the top, squeeze, and push back the lips on one side, keeping the mouth open, and gently pull their head back. You’ll then be able to brush the teeth on the opposite side.

Regular brushing can lessen the need for pet dental services. Only your vet knows how to remove plaque from dog’s teeth, but you can do your part. Introducing your pet to dental care should be done gradually. Apply a tasty treat to your finger and gently rub pet teeth and gums. Once they’re comfortable, start using gauze and rub in a circular motion. When they can handle this, start using a toothbrush.