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Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

January 24, 2023

Did you know that one of the best things you can do to keep your canine companion’s mouth and teeth healthy is brush his teeth? This may sound like a hassle, but it may actually be easier than you think. A local Sandstone, MN vet offers some advice on brushing Fido’s choppers in this article.

Start Slow

Hopefully this goes without saying, but you don’t want to try to just randomly stick a toothbrush into Fido’s mouth. Start slow, and give your pooch plenty of time to get used to the idea. At first, just gently rub his teeth as you pet and praise him. Once he gets used to that, you can start to incorporate his toothpaste and toothbrush.

Choose The Right Products

Only use products that were made specifically for Man’s Best Friend. Human toothpastes may contain things that aren’t safe for pups, such as xylitol, while our toothbrushes aren’t angled the right way for Fido’s mouth.

Positive Reinforcement

You want Fido to think of getting his teeth brushed as a positive thing, and to accept it as a normal part of his daily doggy routine. Offer your furry friend treats and praise as you brush his teeth. This will help him figure out that he’s being pampered, not punished.


You don’t have to do all of your canine pal’s teeth every single day. Do one section at a time, and keep rotating. Fido will still benefit! (This may also be easier for you, simply because it will only take a few minutes.)

Start Early

This one’s for the puppy owners; if your pooch is already grown up, you can still teach him to accept a toothbrush. However, it’s easier to get your canine buddy used to the idea when he’s still little.

Don’t Force It

If Fido is really uncomfortable having his teeth handled, don’t force him to submit. That could make your four-legged friend become wary or distrustful of you, and could even cause him to bite. Look into other options instead. There are now all sorts of different doggy dental products on the market, including treats and chews, dental rinses, oral flakes, and even tongue brushes. Chew toys are also beneficial. Ask your vet for specific recommendations. 

As your Sandstone, MN animal clinic, we’re always here to help! Please reach out to us for all of your pup’s care needs.