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How to Clean Your Dog's Teeth

Updated: Jun 17, 2019

Start young, and you can keep your pets mouth healthy and clean.



Daily brushing of your pet’s teeth is one of the best treatments you can do for your pet’s overall health. Be sure to only use toothpaste specifically formulated for pets. Need help getting started? Stop by the practice for a demonstration.



Deramus suggests starting with special pet toothpaste flavored like beef or poultry. Then:


Put a pea-size amount of toothpaste in your pet’s mouth and immediately reward him with a treat, toy, or interaction.

The next day, increase the amount of time between giving the toothpaste and the reward. Gradually increase the time each day.

Next, put the toothpaste on a small finger brush or toothbrush and slowly introduce to your pet’s mouth. Reward.

Eventually work up to brushing the teeth, particularly focusing on the outer surface that faces the lip and away from the gum line. Reward.

Continue brushing every day for the best results.


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