How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

Brushing your dog's teeth is simple after you've had a few practice sessions. Try to do this every day to promote healthy teeth and gums.Cleandogteeth_hero


  • Have a veterinarian check your pet's teeth before you start a tooth-brushing program. If your pet has gum disease or damaged teeth, the process will be painful and he will associate pain with tooth brushing. He may even bite you.
  • Get your dog used to your looking into his mouth. After each time you do so, reward him with a treat or praise.
  • Buy a pet dental kit, including toothpaste (made for dogs) and a toothbrush, at a pet store or from your vet. Follow the kit's instructions for use. Research alternatives, such as a finger toothbrush, if your pet refuses to let you brush his teeth with a toothbrush. Ask your veterinarian for suggestions.
  • Place your dog on a comfortable surface while brushing his teeth.
  • In general, try to use minimal restraint on your pet while brushing.
  • Brush your dog's teeth with a gentle, massaging motion.
  • Reward your dog with a tartar-control treat after the procedure.

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