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by Dan Sultzbach

Clean Your Pet’s Teeth at Home

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A clean, healthy mouth is safer and more comfortable for your pet than tooth decay, chipped or broken teeth, swollen gums or painful mouth infections. Fortunately, it is easy to clean your pet’s teeth at home to prevent many dental problems.
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Brushing your pet’s teeth is no more difficult than brushing your own teeth, but it is important to get your pet used to having its mouth, teeth and gums touched and handled. The more accustomed your pet is to the task, the easier it will be to brush their teeth daily.
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Get the Proper Toothbrush
A pet toothbrush is different than a human toothbrush. Pet toothbrushes have very soft bristles to avoid irritation or injury, and they come in different sizes to be suitable for different pets’ mouths. Finger brushes are best for cats and small dogs, while larger brushes with angled handles are better for larger dogs.
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Use Pet-Friendly Toothpaste
Human toothpastes are not suitable for pets, as they have different ingredients that can upset your pet’s stomach. Instead, opt for a pet-friendly, enzymatic toothpaste. Many pet toothpastes have flavors your pets will like, such as poultry, beef, fish or peanut butter. These pastes are also safe for pets to swallow.
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Start Slow Without Brushing
To get your pet used to the taste and texture of toothpaste, start by putting a small dab of the paste on your pet’s lips so they can lick it off, or allow them to lick a small taste off your finger. As they get used to the taste, they will learn it can be a treat and they will be less resistant to having their teeth brushed.
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Use a Safe Brushing Technique
Hold your pet’s toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and focus your brushing efforts on the gum line, where the teeth and gums meet. This is where food and bacteria mix the most, encouraging plaque to form. Move the brush in small circles or ovals, and switch directions often to remove plaque most efficiently. To clean the inside surfaces of your pet’s teeth, gently squeeze their muzzle and lift their lips, tilting their head back slightly to open the mouth and expose the inside surfaces. If your pet resists this action, don’t worry too much, as the rough surface of their tongue will help keep this area cleaner than other parts of their teeth.
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