Teething problems are not unique to humans. Dogs can also suffer from teeth or gums due to poor oral hygiene. However, this can affect their quality of life but also their life expectancy. To avoid this, brushing teeth is recommended for all dogs as early as six months of age. 4 out of 5 dogs develop a dental disease before the age of three. But how many times a day/week/ month should we do it? Reply!
Good to know: it is strongly recommended to brush your dog’s teeth before all his permanent teeth are formed, that is to say not before the age of 6 or 7 months.
When it comes to brushing teeth, the rule is simple: the more often it is done, the better. Thus, it is recommended to brush your dog’s teeth every day. However, finding the time (and energy) to do so is not always easy for dog owners.
In this case, do not worry! Thorough brushing done two to three times a week should be enough to keep your dog’s teeth clean. And especially to avoid the accumulation of tartar. Because it is the tartar that is responsible for the vast majority of oral problems in our dog friends.
Also, consider performing a professional (expensive, but necessary) descaling at the veterinarian once every two to three years.
Where and for how long?
As for the brushing time, one to two minutes is enough. In short, brush your dog’s teeth as long as you do for yourself.
Concentrate brushing on the outer parts of the teeth, making circular movements. Indeed, it is there that the tartar is formed, easily identifiable by its rigid aspect and its yellow color, even brown.
However, the bacteria contained in calculus are the cause of periodontal diseases in dogs. Not only they can be, in the long term, sources of pain and infections, especially in the vital organs (kidneys, heart …), but besides, they can facilitate the removal of teeth.
Which material to use?
Be sure to use a quality toothpaste and especially a toothpaste specially designed for dogs. The reason? Tubes of toothpaste for humans are toxic to your doggie. Especially since it requires a toothpaste without rinsing and so he can swallow. Tubes of toothpaste for dogs also have the advantage of having good taste, the flavors used being not “mint” or “coconut” but rather “chicken” or “beef”.
In toothbrush, you have the choice between a toothbrush for veterinary use, special dogs, or a fingerstall. In any case, the use of a human toothbrush is not recommended because its shape is not adapted to the dog’s mouth and it could easily break.