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Ask the Expert: Maintaining a Stubborn Dog's Dental Hygiene

Jul 29, 2015 11:57AM, Published by Style, Categories: In Print


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How can I maintain my dog’s dental hygiene when she doesn’t like having her teeth brushed? 

A: Brushing your pet’s teeth is necessary to maintain good dental hygiene. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and flavorful pet toothpaste, then sit or kneel on the floor with them and lift the upper lip and brush lightly, using small circular movements, angling bristles to reach their gum line. Start by brushing a few teeth, mainly the canine and adjacent teeth, then stop. As your pet cooperates more, continue to brush additional teeth. Reward your pet with praise and treats, creating a positive experience for them. Every six to 12 months, pets should have their teeth professionally cleaned—to remove tartar—and polished.

—Barb Poteet, Pet Dental Hygienist
The Natural Pet Tooth Fairy
2780 East Bidwell Street, Folsom
1-888-508-9904

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