How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth: BiteBlock
It is estimated that a pet owner’s biggest expense when it comes to their pets is their dental health. And why is this you might ask? Well, it is due to the lack of attention placed on the importance of dental hygiene care for our pets. A lot of pet owners do not know how to brush their pet’s teeth, and some even dread the fact that regular brushing must occur. To keep your dog’s teeth dazzling and healthy, their teeth must be brushed regularly, and this is how to prepare your dog for a pawfect teeth brushing session:
To Begin Brushing your Dog’s Teeth
Brushing your dog’s teeth as a successful experience must be both a positive and calm experience for both you and your dog. Surroundings and timing are everything, so make sure to choose a quiet place and time where your dog is calm.
Step 1- The Set Up:
Once you have determined the right time to brush your dog’s teeth, you can continue with the set up. Depending on the size of your canine companion, you can either hold your dog in your lap (smaller dogs) or you can sit beside your dog (larger dogs).
Step 2- Round Up Your Tools:
Before you begin the process of brushing your dog’s teeth, it is essential you have the proper tools necessary. Without a toothbrush or toothpaste there can be no teeth brushing, so these are the first things you need. It is important to use a toothbrush and toothpaste made especially for dogs. The type of toothbrush differs depending on the size of your dog, but for beginners finger brushes tend to be the easiest. Toothpaste wise, any toothpaste for dog works and they even come in fun flavors that your pups will love!
Step 3- Pup Preparation Part 1:
If you are just starting to begin to brush your dog’s teeth, they might be wary of it at first. To ensure that your dog feels comfortable, start by rubbing your finger gently over the outer surface of where their gums and teeth meet, as well as the outer surface of their teeth. You can do this by gently pulling down their bottom lip and lifting up their top lip. Depending on your dog, they might be comfortable with this after the first session or it might take a few before they are comfortable.
Pup Preparation Part 2:
This part comes with a taste test for your pup. Once your dog is comfortable with the previous step, let your dog taste the toothpaste off the tip of your finger. This will allow your pup to get used to the taste and feel of the toothpaste. If it is a flavor they like, they will view it as a treat. If your pup does not like the toothpaste chosen, switch up the flavor, as it is important your dog sees the toothpaste as something they like!
Brushing Their Teeth With The BiteBlock
Step 4- Brushing Their Teeth: Once your pup is comfortable with the 2 steps of pup preparation, they are now ready for a toothbrush to be incorporated. To start, put a very small amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush. Our product, the BiteBlock makes the teeth brushing process very easy for you and your pup; some might even call it a life-changing gadget. To open your pup’s mouth, insert the BiteBlock into the side of your dog’s mouth, and as they bite down on it, it will help keep their mouth open and help you steady their jaw.
Brush your pet’s teeth on the opposite side of the BiteBlock with your free hand, making sure to start from the lower teeth. Do this for about 30 seconds and then move to the upper teeth. Focus on outer surfaces of the larger teeth and the canine teeth, as that is where majority of plaque buildup is seen. To get rid of that unwanted plaque make sure to angle the bristles of the brush to reach the gum line. Once done on that side, repeat steps on the other side of your pet’s mouth.
Note that you will have to progressively build up sessions for your dog to get used to teeth brushing and slowly work your way up to brushing all teeth regularly.
Step 7- End on a Positive Note ALWAYS-
Never end brushing your dog’s teeth on a negative note, as they will remember and associate teeth brushing with negative connotation. To avoid this while brushing your pup’s teeth, reassure them at all times. When you are finished brushing their teeth, give them a treat or reward for their amazing behavior and cooperation.
Although like it may seem like a long and dreadful process, it really does not have to be, especially with the BiteBlock! Remember, a little brushing a day goes a long way!