Although dogs are not as prone to getting cavities like their human counterparts, their teeth can still develop plaque and tartar buildup. This buildup can lead to cavities, as well as gingivitis. In the long run, such dental issues may lead to life threatening issues such as infections that damage the liver, kidneys, and heart.
This is why it is important to learn how to brush your dog's teeth. Brushing regularly will reduce, if not eliminate, this threat. The good news is that you can easily find canine toothbrushes to do the job, but it does take learning a few techniques in order to brush the teeth properly. It is important to note that fluoride is poisonous to dogs, so be sure to choose a toothpaste that is formulated for dogs.
1. Start Early
The earlier you start in your dog's life, the easier it will be for you to brush their teeth. Dogs are very intuitive creatures and will pick up on your efforts to brush their teeth by being still until it is over with. However, the older the dog is when you start, the tougher it will be to convince them that this is a good idea.