Is there a dog toothpaste

Brushing your dog's teeth: all information, tips & tricks

Table of Contents:

  1. Do you have to brush your dogs teeth?
  2. When should a dog's teeth be brushed?
  3. How often do you have to brush a dog's teeth?
  4. How do you brush your dog's teeth? Toothbrush, toothpaste & Co.
  5. Teaching dogs to brush their teeth - step by step
  6. Professional teeth cleaning at the vet

Do you have to brush your dogs teeth?

Many dog ​​owners wonder whether it is necessary and useful to brush their dog's teeth. The answer to this question can be clearly “yes”. This is because dental plaque and saliva can develop tartar within a few days. The consequences of tartar in dogs range from bad breath, inflammation of the gums and toothache to tooth loss and damage to organs such as the liver or kidneys. Brushing your teeth is by far the most effective means of fighting plaque and thus preventing tartar formation, periodontal disease and tooth decay. To remove plaque, prevent tartar build-up and give your dog long-lasting dental health, you should brush his teeth regularly.

In addition to brushing your teeth, chewing is also useful as a prophylactic measure, as long as the plaque is rubbed off. The daily feeding of chewing items such as the dental care snacks from DENTALIFE® helps reduce tartar build-up, even on hard-to-reach molars. Chewing articles are therefore a valuable addition to the regular cleaning of teeth in the daily routine for dental hygiene.


When should a dog's teeth be brushed?

Puppies usually have sparkling pearly whites. To ensure that it stays that way, dogs should be used to brushing their teeth in a playful way when they are puppies, because this is the easiest point in time. To slowly familiarize your little one with cleaning their teeth, simply use a special dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste and use it to gently and carefully brush the small dog's teeth.

How often do you have to brush a dog's teeth?

Ideally, your dog's teeth should be cleaned daily, as plaque can turn into tartar after three to five days. This can then often only be removed professionally by a veterinarian. This is an expensive and stressful procedure that you and your dog should avoid if possible.

How do you brush your dog's teeth? Toothbrush, toothpaste & Co.

As with humans, dogs need certain toothbrushing utensils. There are special dog toothbrushes that you can get from your vet or from pet shops. Often, however, this is not necessary at all and a normal human toothbrush can be used. This depends on the size of your dog. A regular adult toothbrush can be used for large and medium-sized dogs. In the case of small dogs, however, the dog's teeth can be cleaned with a children's toothbrush and a special animal toothbrush should only be used for very small breeds and also puppies. Since a smaller brush head is often required for cleaning the molar teeth, there are also special double-head brushes on the market that have both a larger and a smaller brush head. In any case, make sure that the toothbrush has soft bristles.

Alternatively, you can use a finger cot instead of a toothbrush to clean your teeth right at the beginning. You put these little finger toothbrushes over your finger and you can brush your four-legged friend's teeth with particular care.

Do you need special dog toothpaste?

Toothpaste is not absolutely necessary for dogs. But dog toothpaste is not only specially tailored to the needs of dog teeth, it can also help to increase the acceptance of tooth brushing and to make the process palatable to your dog in the truest sense of the word. Toothpastes for dogs often have dog-friendly flavors such as chicken, fish, or liver. Unfortunately, the myth still persists that normal human toothpaste can also be used to clean dogs' teeth. However, this is incorrect and responsible dog owners should avoid it as human toothpaste is harmful to the dog.

Teaching dogs to brush their teeth - step by step

Is your dog not used to cleaning their teeth yet? Then practice the individual steps in these instructions until your dog can participate without any problems and for a few days after that.

Step 1: Get the dog used to the toothpaste

Dog toothpaste is specially designed so that your four-legged friends like the taste. For the first few days, you should only give your novice toothpaste some toothpaste to lick off. If the toothpaste is well received, you can continue with step 2 after a few days.

Step 2: Get the dog used to the dental check

Familiarize your dog by touching his snout, mouth, gums, and lips. Take hold of his muzzle, pull your lips up slightly and say the selected command (e.g. "teeth"). If this works without any problems, the next step is to get your dog used to the combination of toothpaste and touching the gums and teeth. To do this, carefully lift the dog's lips, carefully keep the dog's mouth closed with the other hand and use your fingers to spread some toothpaste on the outer surfaces of the upper front molars. In the next step, let your finger slide further under the lip with dog toothpaste.
In this phase, feel your way step by step, always pay attention to your dog's body language and only reach into your dog's mouth as far as he can tolerate. The exercises can be repeated several times a day. With every exercise the command should be given and the dog should be praised for correct behavior or rewarded with a treat. If your dog can look in the mouth and touch it in the mouth without any problems, familiarize him with the toothbrush in step 3.

Step 3: get the dog used to the toothbrush

Apply some toothpaste to your finger cot or toothbrush (press lightly into the bristles) and first let your dog sniff it and possibly lick it off a little. Carefully lift your lips, carefully keep your mouth closed with the other hand, and calmly and gently begin cleaning the long front fangs. At this point in the process of getting used to it, do not touch the small incisors, as these are particularly sensitive and your dog could otherwise defend itself more strongly against brushing its teeth.

Step 4: brush all of your teeth

If your dog has already put up with cleaning its fangs, start brushing the other teeth as well. Proceed step by step here as well - it can take a few days until the next step. Start with short sessions and only very light pressure. As your dog gets used to cleaning their teeth, you can brush harder and longer.
With the dog's teeth closed, try to brush the back upper molars from the outside. To do this, you have to run the toothbrush under your lips. A small brush head can be an advantage here. In order to be able to reach the lower molars as well, let your dog open its mouth slightly. Then hold the dog's mouth carefully closed again, lift the lip upwards and brush the upper incisors. Since dogs are very sensitive here, it can happen that your dog has to sneeze. Finally, brush the outer surfaces of all of the dog's teeth. In the last step, you can try to brush the inside of the teeth, whereby there is less of a deposit.

Step 5: Reinforce correct behavior through praise and reward

So that your dog will remember brushing their teeth as a positive experience, conclude every tooth cleaning session with a treat, lots of praise and pats. During this time, you should always praise your dog for behaving well.

If your dog does not have his teeth brushed at all, chewing sticks and chewing articles can also be an alternative. Remember that your dog also uses PURINA every day® DENTALIFE® chew to keep his teeth healthy. Because our chewing articles were specially developed to clean hard-to-reach teeth. Nevertheless, regular checks should be carried out by the veterinarian. He will tell you whether a professional teeth cleaning is still necessary.

Professional teeth cleaning at the vet

If your dog has tartar, your vet recommends a professional teeth cleaning service to remove it. This should be done under anesthesia so that your dog does not feel uncomfortable. Professional teeth cleaning usually includes:

  • Rinsing the mouth with an antibacterial solution
  • Removing tartar with manual and ultrasonic scalers
  • Visualization of the remaining plaque and subsequent removal
  • Tooth polish
  • Examination of each tooth and the surrounding gums for signs of disease
  • Pulling teeth that can no longer be saved