You wouldn't skip a day of brushing your teeth, so why expect your dog to? Poor dental care can cause many health problems in dogs, and many have dental disease by the age of 2 or 3! Dogs are also five times likelier to get gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease. Dogs have more alkaline in their mouths than humans, causing plaque to form at a quicker rate.
Since many pets don't have their teeth brushed every day, it gives this plaque-forming bacteria the perfect breeding ground for severe damage, painful, swollen gums, and even tooth loss.
Veterinarians recommended that you brush your pet's teeth at least two to three times per week to prevent serious dental disease, and ask that you bring your pet for a professional dental cleaning at least once a year. Though we all know how difficult it can be to get your pup to enjoy a tooth brushing, and it can be a stressful routine for all involved!
Whether you use a Bristly Brushing Stick to make your life easier or opt to brush the old fashioned way, you need to take steps to ensure your pup's teeth are properly cared for.
Naturally, what is found in human toothpaste is not safe for pets, and can upset their stomach if swallowed. Utilizing toothpaste made for your pet's specific needs ensures their dental hygiene will be in tip-top shape once a proper brushing routine is in place. Pet toothpaste, such as Bristly's beef-flavored prebiotic and enzymatic toothpaste, helps remove harmful bacteria in your dog's mouth and works to freshen breath and reduce inflammation. It's also scientifically proven to reduce plaque and freshen breath in just 21 days!
If you choose to use a regular dog toothbrush, find the proper brush that suits the size of your dog's mouth. Expect to change out your dog's toothbrush every couple of months as the bristles will become frayed.
Next, you'll have to get your dog comfortable and relaxed. Don't expect your dog to be a toothbrushing pro; it takes time! Vetrenaries suggest you massage your pet's lips, gums, and teeth to get accustomed to it. Use your fingers to massage your dog's lips in slow, circular motions one to two times a day. Once they're comfortable, massage their teeth and gums using the same movement. Your pet may need a few weeks to get used to it.
Pro Tip: Put a pea-sized amount of dog toothpaste on one of your fingers, let them taste it, and reward your pup with a treat. Then, introduce your toothbrush into the mix. Put a small amount of their toothpaste on the toothbrush and let your pet lick the toothbrush, but don't start cleaning just yet!
Once you feel your pet is comfortable with the process, it's time to brush! Start by cleaning the teeth in small circular motions. Be sure to pay attention to the gumline. Give your pup positive reinforcement, and give them a break every 5-10 seconds, for a total of 60 seconds. If you have never brushed their teeth before, it can be painful for them!
There are many steps you must take before you can get your dog's gnashers sparkling clean. We recommend utilizing our line of American made dog toothbrush toys to put the power of dental hygiene in the paws of your pups!
When it comes to treats, your furry friend should be given something delicious, but good for their health too! Our Prebiotic and Enzyzmatic Dental Treats not only help fight against plaque and tartar buildup but also promote good bacteria, keeping your pup's pearly whites bright and strong.
Made from tear-resistant rubber, the Bristly Brushing Stick is a safe and durable solution to a fun oral hygiene routine. When used daily for just 3-5 minutes, Bristly's bristle-lined grooves brush your dog's teeth right down to the gum line. Our line is excellent for all chewing styles, from regular to extreme, and comes in three sizes to perfectly fit your dog's mouth.
The best cuddles ever are synonymous with dogs, but so is bad breath! Our tongue cleaner helps promote fresh breath, healthy teeth, and gums by scraping off harmful bacteria with each use. It also stimulates saliva production, aiding with digestion. Plus, repetitive licking increases endorphins in the brain, keeping your pup calm, happy, and bad-breath free!