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Dog teeth cleaning: how to clean dogs teeth

Dental care is very important in dogs and they require regular dental care to prevent the build-up of plaque. We recommend brushing your dog's teeth 2-4 times a week. Watch our video guide above on how to brush your dog's teeth.

Brushing your dog's teeth can be quite tricky, as some dogs may not allow you near their mouth. But if it is possible, you should follow our guide below.

Guide on how to clean dogs teeth

Read our three-step guide to brushing your dog's teeth:

  • Step 1: Start by using your finger to brush the side of your pet’s face by his mouth. Then progress to brushing the actual teeth, just using your finger. Once he is used to this, start using a small amount of animal toothpaste on your finger and gently rub it along the teeth.
  • Step 2: Progress to using an actual toothbrush. You can use any toothbrush, but ones designed for veterinary use come in different shapes and sizes, which makes them a bit easier to use on pets.
  • Step 3: You should eventually aim to brush all the surfaces in about two minutes. The more gradual the process, the easier it will be.

Why Should I Clean My Pet's Teeth?

Dog teeth cleaning is the most effective way to prevent them from developing oral health problems. Brushing their teeth lowers the risk of them developing gum disease, dental disease, and many more dental-related illnesses.

Regular brushing will not only help to keep your pet’s mouth clean and healthy, by taking preventative action you could also save money in the long run. Investing in good quality toothpaste could prevent the need for big vets bills for advanced dental procedures. 

It’s important for our pets to receive dental care. Keeping on top of their dental needs and maintaining good oral hygiene should be as much a part of your pet’s life as it is yours.

Not sure how to start brushing your pet’s teeth? We’ve got you covered. Check out our step-by-step video guides below.

How Often Should I Brush My Pet’s Teeth? 

To maintain healthy teeth and gums, we recommend that you brush your pet’s teeth 2-4 times a week. For best results, brush their teeth every day; the cleaner their teeth are, the lower the risk of developing dental diseases. 

Regular tooth brushing helps to remove plaque and combat bad breath. If plaque builds up on your pet’s teeth, it can become hardened plaque, which only your vet can remove.  

Browse our online shop to view our AniDent range of vet-approved products to help keep your pet’s teeth and mouth in tip-top condition. You’ll be able to find the best quality toothpaste, toothbrushes and more.

How To Maintain Healthy Teeth 

Alongside regular dog teeth cleaning, to maintain healthy teeth and gums you should feed your pet a nutritious balanced diet. Here are three diet tips that will keep your pet smiling. 

Use a dental diet: Some dry pet foods are specially designed to keep your pet’s teeth clean by scraping away plaque as they eat. Speak to your vet about the best and most reliable dental diets for your pet.

Dental chews and treats: These also work by scraping plaque from your pet’s teeth – most chews and treats contain lots of calories so it’s best to use them sparingly.

Avoid too many sugary snacks: Human treats are meant for humans, not pets! By all means treat your pet, but be careful not to overdo it, even if your pet is giving you the puppy dog eyes.

Need more advice on how to clean dogs teeth?

For expert advice on dog teeth cleaning, get in touch with your local vet.

Find your nearest vet using our Find a Vet page, or speak to a vet online using Online Vets.

View our canine dental care range.

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