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Doggy Dental Hygiene 101: How To Brush A Dog’s Teeth

Doggy Dental Hygiene 101: How To Brush A Dog’s Teeth

Written By Amica Graber

Apr 21, 2016

If you want to know the scoop on doggy oral hygiene, look no further! We have the answers to your burning questions!

Should I Brush My Dog’s Teeth?


Yes! While it’s true that dogs aren’t as prone to cavities as humans, you should still check your dog’s mouth once a week to make sure they’re in good condition.

How Often Should I Brush My Dog’s Teeth?

Brushing your dog’s teeth at home once a day is the ideal. But a weekly brushing can go a long way toward preventing plaque and gingivitis.

Why Should I Brush My Dog’s Teeth?

It’s not just about keeping that puppy breath fresh. A tooth infection can cause big problems for dogs, and it can even be life-threatening.

How To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth


  • Brush your dog’s teeth after you’ve been on a vigorous walk, so your dog is calm.
  • Use a special toothbrush and toothpaste designed for dogs.
  • Sit in front of your dog, and prepare them by lightly rubbing their gums with your finger.
  • Lift your dog’s upper lip and angle the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle. Begin to brush!
  • Repeat on the lower gums.
  • Be reassuring, and give your furry friend a treat afterwards as a reward!

Can You Brush A Dog’s Teeth With Human Toothpaste?

No! Never use human toothpaste on your dog. Human toothpaste contains fluoride, which is poisonous to dogs!

Can You Brush A Dog’s Teeth With Baking Soda?

No! If a dog swallows baking soda, it can cause an upset stomach. It also tastes pretty gross. Just go with regular doggy toothpaste from the pet store.

Is Dry Or Wet Food Better For My Dog’s Teeth?

Dry food is better for your dog’s teeth than wet food. Mushy wet food will stick in between Fido’s fangs and is likely to cause a buildup of plaque.


Do you have any tips for brushing your dog's teeth? Let us know in the comments!