From that moment, I decided this tooth brushing idea was definitely going to become a reality for a few reasons. One, having a routine of checking my dogs’ teeth, gums, breath and tongue. Two, to prevent plaque and tartar build up. Three, to prevent periodontal disease. And four, to reduce damage to my dogs’ internal organs. “The presence of untreated dental disease in pets is known to lead to serious life threatening concerns like heart, liver, and kidney disease. All of these things can be avoided with daily brushing, as well as following any other recommendations by your veterinarian.” Gaboian said.
After the post check-up and the thumbs up from Dr. John, Emi and her sister Yuka were approved for cleaning of the canines’ canines!
I started by the offering of the doggy dental paste to my girls on my finger… they liked it! Then I decided on using the toothbrush that resembled my own and I began the process just like I would my own. I ran the toothbrush under the faucet and put a dollop of paste on the brush. I slipped my thumb under the flews (lips) and pulled back the cheek (see photo) in order to get to the back molars. I brushed each tooth about 12 strokes each. I started with the molars (big, back teeth), then the canines (long, pointed teeth), and then the incisors (front teeth) and then worked my way to the other side. Success! I make this their nightly routine, just like my own, right before bedtime.
If your dog seems resistant, don’t give up! Dr. Gaboian Agrees. “It may take some time to train your dog to let you brush his or her teeth, but the health benefits and the potential to prevent expensive extractions and dental procedures is worth it.”
February is National Pet Dental Health month… you know the “drill”… make an appointment with your veterinarian for an evaluation today!