Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

Do you cringe when your dog licks your face? If so, you’re not alone. Bad breath is not uncommon among our canine patients. In a way, that’s to be expected. Fido isn’t exactly known for having minty fresh breath. However, this is often a sign of dental issues. One of the best ways to prevent these problems is to brush your dog’s teeth. A local Ellicott City, MD vet offers some tips on how to do that in this article.

Start Slow

At first, just gently rub Fido’s teeth and gums with your finger. Work in lots of praise and ear scritches to help your pet get used to the idea of having his choppers handled. Get in the habit of doing this every day. When your pup has accepted this, incorporate pet toothpaste. You can use a finger glove if you like. The last step is to start using the toothbrush.

Use The Right Products

When picking out products, it’s important to stick with things that were made just for dogs. Our toothpastes aren’t safe for our canine companions, and our toothbrushes aren’t angled the right way for their teeth.

Sweeten The Deal

Make sure Fido forms a good impression of having his teeth cleaned. Always give him praise, attention, and a special treat after tooth brushing time.

Make It Routine

Dogs really thrive when they are on a set schedule. Try to brush Fido’s teeth at roughly the same time each day.


You don’t have to do your furry buddy’s entire mouth every day. Just do one segment at a time, and keep rotating. Fido will still benefit!

Last Resorts

Some dogs just won’t tolerate having their teeth cleaned. If Fido just isn’t going for it, ask your vet about other options. Dental flakes, oral rinses, and dental-formula kibble, treats, and chews will all help fight plaque and tartar. (Tip: try putting pet toothpaste on a chew stick.)


Brushing Fido’s teeth is very important, but it’s not the only thing you can do. Have your pet’s choppers checked at least once a year by a vet. It’s also important to make sure that your furry friend always has clean, fresh water and proper chew toys.

Do you know or suspect that your dog has dental trouble? Contact us, your local Ellicott City, MD vet clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!

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