Brushing your dog's teeth can seem like a daunting task. However, most dogs in the USA have some form of dental issue by the time they reach the age of 3. Therefore, it's important to have a dental hygiene routine for your pet to guard against tooth decay, gum disease and maintain overall good health.

It's best to start brushing your dog's teeth while they're young so they get used to the process, but even older dogs can get used to having their teeth brushed if you introduce them to the routine gently.


1. Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Before you start a tooth brushing routine with your dog, you'll need a suitable toothbrush. It's best to buy a canine toothbrush specially designed for dogs. These are similar to human toothbrushes but have much softer bristles. If you can't source one easily, a baby toothbrush is a suitable alternative.

You can also buy toothbrushes for dogs which fit over your finger. Some owners prefer these because they make it easier to reach your dog's back teeth.

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