Do I need to brush my dog's teeth?

Andrew F
June 17, 2020
5 min read

Just like us, it's important to look after your dog’s teeth by brushing them. This is the best way to prevent tartar build-up and subsequent dental disease in your pet. Of course, your pet may be reluctant to have their teeth brushed at first. It normally takes about 2 weeks for them to get used to brushing, sometimes a little longer, but it’s worth it. If you’re at all unsure about your pets dental health, jump on a video call with one of our vets for some advice.To brush your dog's teeth, start off by getting some toothpaste specially made for your pet – NEVER use toothpaste made for humans as these are not designed to be swallowed and are toxic to dogs. First, allow your pet to come to you and lick the paste off your finger. Once your pet is used to this, try gently rubbing the toothpaste around their gums. The next step is to put some of the toothpaste on to a pet toothbrush and let them lick it off.  At first they might be suspicious of the brush, be patient and try again after a day. After a few days you’ll find your dog will lick the paste off the brush. Allow them to do this for a few days before you attempt to put the brush in their mouths while they are licking off the paste. After another week your pet should be coming to you to remind you that it’s time for brushing! When brushing your pet’s teeth, you should aim to gently brush the outside surfaces of all the teeth to remove plaque.Dental disease is progressive; it won’t go away without help and will only get worse. That is why taking preventative measures is so important. Talk to one of our vets on a video call today and take the first step.

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Andrew F
Chief Veterinary Officer