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You can either use a small pet-sized tooth brush, or a small piece of a washcloth wrapped around your finger. (according to my vet, this is even more effective!) While it's nice to be able to get all surfaces of all teeth if she'll let you, the most important parts are the outsides of the back teeth. The front teeth get cleaned naturally while biting things, and the insides of the back teeth are constantly getting rubbed by the tongue moving back and forth. The outside of the back teeth have no way to get cleaned naturally.
I brush Kodi's teeth about 3 times per week, and so far, his teeth are in great shape. When he has bad breath, it has ALWAYS been because he has eaten something gross (like turkey poop...EEEWWW!!!) and a good brushing sweetens him up again.
My vet also told me that just getting the enzyme toothpaste into their mouth also helps. Many dogs like the taste (Kodi does) so I put some on my finger and let him lick it off before and after I brush, as a treat. He wiggles a bit... particularly when I try to brush his front teeth, but overall, he's pretty good about it!
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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