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You don't actually need to use a brush. A piece of gauze wrapped around your finger works even better for removing tartar, and is easier to maneuver. Lots of dogs love the taste of the doggy toothpaste, and it's not bad for them to swallow, like human toothpaste is. So start by just letting them lick some off your finger and making a big deal of it being a great treat. (actually, it has enzymes in it that make it beneficial to get into their mouths even if you can't actually brush with it)
My vet said that the most important part to get brushed is the outside of the molars. he said the front teeth get a lot of scraping during chewing on bones, sticks and all the other things dogs chew on, and the inside of the teeth constantly get cleaned off by tongue movement. So even if the ONLY part you can get at is the outside of the teeth, by slipping your finger between the dog's lips and teeth and rubbing gently a few times a week, it makes a HUGE difference. Over time, most dogs will allow you to do a more thorough job, but if not, this still helps a LOT.
He said that many people try to do too much, get frustrated and give up. He said it's much better to get the toothpaste in their mouth and do what you can without upsetting them than to not do it at all.
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