Dogs teeth require just as much attention as our own teeth do. Regular brushing with a dog toothbrush a few times a week will keep your dog’s mouth healthy.
If dogs teeth are not kept clean, they can be covered in plague. A build up of plague in your dog’s mouth can give off a type of acid which wears into the surface of your dog’s teeth. This can cause painful cavities, gum problems and can lead to teeth loss. A good brushing can help prevents this, and there’s lots of special toothbrushes for dogs to do just this. However, the process is a little different…
Toothbrushes for Dogs
Frequently Asked Questions:
– Can you use a normal toothbrush on a dog?
Use a specially designed toothbrush for dogs or a recommended alternative from a vet.
– How often should you replace a dog’s toothbrush?
Vets usually recommend to replace a dogs toothbrush every few months. If you have multiple dogs, use a different one for each.
– Are dog toothbrushes different?
Yes, dog toothbrushes are different to human ones. Though, the type of toothbrush you use depends a little on the size of your dog. For smaller dogs, a very soft brush toothbrush can be used which is similar to the ones used for human babies
– How to brush your dogs teeth?
Now, that’s the tricky part! Starting brushing their teeth whilst they are young is a good way to get them used to it and make it part of their routine. It’s never too late to start though. Read this guide on how to brush your dogs teeth.
Electric Toothbrushes for Dogs
Dentists usually recommend electric toothbrushes for humans. If your dog can tolerate the noise and vibrations of an electric toothbrush, they can provide a superior clean than a normal toothbrush.
There’s pros and cons for using electric toothbrushes for dogs:
· Pros – You can achieve more brush strokes and get into places a normal one can’t. Have more brush strokes in less time
· Cons – More expensive than a normal toothbrush. The noise and motions can put the dog in discomfort
Finger toothbrush for dogs
Some dog owners can find it difficult to use a standard toothbrush and find it more successful to have a brush head that can be placed on the end of a finger.
Dog Toothbrush Stick
An alternative way to brushing your dogs teeth is to, wait for it, let them do it solo. This toothbrush stick is a good option, as it lets your dog essentially brush their teeth itself by placing a toothbrush into a chew toy.
Beaphar toothbrush and toothpaste kit
A combined toothbrush and toothpaste kit from Beaphar is a cost effective, easy to use set for dogs of all sizes.