Join Date: Aug 2006
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All of our dogs get their teeth brushed around here. Even our 10 week old pups get it. They don't need it yet, but it is good to get them into the habit before their adult teeth emerge.
If you dog hates the toothbrush, don't use it for now. If you are using an enzymatic toothpaste, then you can put it on one of those finger toothbrushes or just on your finger. You want to place the toothpaste on the upper back teeth (molars) up near the gums. The dog's tongue will do all of the rest of the work. With an enzymatic toothpaste, you do NOT want to scrub it. You just place it where it needs to be. (A dog's tongue can't reach that area, but it can reach all the other places in the mouth.
After tooth brushing, my dogs get a teething "treat" (a crunchy dental diet kibble made just for loosening tartar) that my vet clinic sells, and they love that part.
My dogs do not get any more food or any other kinds of treats for the night after tooth brushing. Water is OK.