How to Care for Your Dog’s Teeth, Naturally!

by on December 28th, 2010 at 7:00 am

Just like humans, dogs also need their teeth cleaned. However, instead of daily brushing, dogs tend to need dental care about once a week. Canines who receive regular brushings have fresher breath, stronger teeth and less plaque buildup. It’s important to know that oral care can be started any time, but it is much easier to start while your dog is still in the puppy stage.

First and foremost, it’s important to use natural ingredients when it comes to oral pet care. The easiest way to make sure your dog’s toothpaste is safe and effective is to make your own. Using 6 teaspoons of baking soda, 4 teaspoons of glycerin, a 1/3 teaspoon of salt and a little bit of beef broth, mix all the ingredients together until a paste is made.

Although some owners may use a human toothbrush, using one specially made for canines is recommended. When beginning to brush, start in the very back and brush the molars using a circular motion. Give the same amount of attention to the back of the teeth that you give the front, and use a wet cloth to wipe away drool or slobber.

Your dog may resist the brushing at first; flavoring the paste with beef broth helps for this reason. Your dog may feel a little timid or agitated during the brushing process. Praise your dog constantly while you are brushing his or her teeth, as this will help to keep any type of aggression your dog may feel at bay. Remember, if you don’t take care of your dog’s teeth properly, he or she may have to heal with tooth decay, which can cause pain, infection and bad breath.

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2 Responses to “How to Care for Your Dog’s Teeth, Naturally!”

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  2. Veronica

    Dec 30th, 2010

    The use of beef broth is brilliant…thanks!

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