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The health of your dog's mouth is integral to their overall well-being. Poor oral hygiene results in plaque and tartar building up on your dog's gums and teeth, leading to the development of periodontal disease. Aside from tooth decay and gum disease, periodontal disease can also lead to heart, kidney, and liver disease, which can be fatal for your dog. Brushing your pet's teeth regularly is the best way to prevent periodontal disease. Read more about Oral Hygiene For Your Dogs

Periodontal Disease in Pets

Statistics show that by the age of four, over 85% of dogs and cats in Australia will have some kind of oral disease. That’s a pretty crazy percentage! And the even crazier thing is that it’s so easy to prevent periodontal disease from developing. We humans are taught from an early age that we need to brush our teeth twice a day, every day. Think of how simple that is for you now it is a regular part of your daily routine. Once you develop the habit for your dog as well, you will find it is just as easy to care for their oral health.

Supplies for Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

Before you can start brushing your dogs' teeth, you are going to need some supplies. The first thing you need is a dog-friendly toothpaste. Toothpaste made for humans is not suitable to use on your dog as they often contain an ingredient called xylitol which is toxic to dogs. Toothpaste made specifically for dogs is also not usually a minty flavour and instead comes in more appealing options such as beef or chicken. View our range of toothpastes just for dogs here.

Once you've chosen a toothpaste, it is time to select the best type of toothbrush for your dog. Pet toothbrushes differ from human toothbrushes in that they often have two sets of bristles so instead of having to move the brush around, you just give the teeth a couple of good brushes and you're done! If your dog isn't comfortable with having a toothbrush in their mouth, you can try using a rubber finger brush such as Dentipet Finger Toothbrush. 

 

Toothbrushing Tips

Getting your dog used to brushing their teeth can sometimes take a while, so starting out slowly is important. The first thing you should do is introduce them to the taste of the toothpaste, then slowly build up from there. Since many dogs don't like having their faces touched, it's a good idea to begin with rewarding them for letting you touch or stroke them near their noses and mouths before attempting to brush their teeth. Most dogs will get used to having their teeth brushed over time - especially if you are using a dog toothpaste that they find tasty!


If your dog refuses to let you brush their teeth, don’t despair, there are other options you can try to help improve their oral health. Why not try feeding your dog a specialty dental treat such as Oravet Dental Chews or the ever popular Greenies Dental Treats? If your dog isn’t a fan of treats, you can try using a water additive such as Prozym RF2 Solution or Aquadent Fr3sh Solution which work by stopping bacteria from adhering to your dogs teeth. If your dog's teeth need cleaning but they won’t tolerate a toothbrush, why not give Maxi/Guard Oral Wipes a try?  Read more on How To Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

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