Do you remember how your parents remind you to brush your teeth after lunch and before bedtime? It was hard for us as kids to brush our teeth almost every meal but as we grew older, we started to take better care of our overall health. Just like us, our pets need to have healthy teeth and gums. Their teeth need to be brushed 2-3 times a week to maintain their oral health. If not, it could lead to serious oral health problems. It is not an easy task to brush our pet’s teeth. You need to familiarize them on the feeling of having their teeth brushed. Here are some simple steps to accustom your pet on brushing their teeth:
- Buy a toothbrush and a natural toothpaste for your pets. Make sure to get the flavor you think they will like for them to think it’s like a treat and not just a part of their routine.
- Introduce the toothpaste to your pet. Purchase the right toothpaste for pets as toothpaste for humans may upset your furbaby’s stomach.
- Get a cloth and put some toothpaste on it and rub it on their teeth slowly then give them a treat. If they get used to this, you can gradually switch on using a toothbrush instead of a cloth. Do not force your pets in doing this as this might scare them and it will be harder for you to brush their teeth.
- If brushing doesn’t work for your pet, you may use a dental spray or water additive to make it easier for you to take care of their teeth.
- You may also give them dental treats like the all-natural Plaque Off Dental Care Bones or Greenies Dental Treats. These help clean plaque and tartar by abrasive action while your pet enjoys it as a treat.
References:How Often Should You Brush Dog Teeth and Cat Teeth? | PetMD