1. Small & Medium: Insert the BiteBlock onto your middle finger, having the grooved edge facing upwards, with the BiteBlock’s bite surface perpendicular to your palm. Position your index finger between the grooves to secure the BiteBlock in place.
Large: Insert the BiteBlock onto your middle or index finger with the BiteBlock’s bite surface perpendicular to your palm.
2. Insert the BiteBlock into the side of your pet’s mouth, allowing your pet to bite down on the BiteBlock. With the hand holding the BiteBlock, place your thumb on top of the snout, using your bottom two fingers to steady the jaw under the snout. This will allow for one handed control, freeing your other hand to brush your pet’s teeth. Be gentle with your grip, as a pet’s snout can be sensitive.
3. Using a toothbrush with your other hand, brush your pet’s teeth on the opposite side of the BiteBlock, making sure to brush the inside and outside.
4. Upon completion, remove the BiteBlock from your pet’s mouth, and repeat the previous steps on the other side of your pet’s mouth, using the BiteBlock on your opposite hand.
Important Notes/Things to Consider:
Our Paw Ready team highly recommends starting to use the BiteBlock on your pet at an early age, as regular brushing of your pet’s teeth will get them accustomed to a regular routine of oral care. Please note that your pet may need to be trained to accept the BiteBlock in their mouth. Progressively building up brushing sessions over time, until your pet is comfortable with the BiteBlock. Additional time may be required if BiteBlock is being introduced to older pets.
“Watch Veterinarian Dr. Lindsay Butzer explain how to use the BiteBlock and the benefits of brushing your dog’s teeth!”
Veterinarian Dr. Lindsay Butzer explains how to use the BiteBlock and the benefits of brushing your dog’s teeth. Brushing your dog’s teeth is an essential aspect of responsible pet ownership that offers a wide range of benefits for both your furry friend and your wallet. Just like humans, dogs are susceptible to dental issues such as plaque, tartar, and gum disease. Regular toothbrushing can help maintain your dog’s oral health, preventing costly dental problems down the line.
Brushing your dog’s teeth helps prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and can harden into tartar if left untreated. This buildup can lead to various dental issues, including tooth decay and gum disease. By brushing your dog’s teeth regularly, you can remove plaque and prevent the development of these problems. This means fewer trips to the vet for dental procedures, which can be expensive and stressful for your pet.
Furthermore, maintaining your dog’s oral health can have positive effects on their overall well-being. Dental problems can cause pain and discomfort, making it difficult for your dog to eat or enjoy their favorite treats. Untreated dental issues can also lead to more severe health problems, as bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and affect other organs. By taking care of your dog’s teeth, you can help them live a happier, healthier life.
The BiteBlock is Safest way to clean your dog’s teeth. Another benefit of brushing your dog’s teeth is the prevention of bad breath. Just like in humans, poor oral hygiene in dogs can lead to unpleasant odors. Regular brushing helps remove the source of bad breath by eliminating bacteria and food particles trapped between teeth and along the gumline. This can make interactions with your pet more enjoyable for both you and your dog.
Lastly, brushing your dog’s teeth can strengthen the bond between you and your furry companion. When done correctly and consistently, brushing can be a positive and calming experience for your dog. It provides an opportunity for physical closeness and trust-building, making your dog more comfortable with routine grooming and health-related activities. In turn, this can enhance your relationship and create a happier, more contented pet.
How to brush your dog’s teeth
1. 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).
2. Round-Up Your Tools: 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. BrushMate is ideal as it has two head sizes to accommodate all dog sizes. Toothpaste-wise, any toothpaste for dog works and they even come in fun flavors that your pups will love!
3. Pup Preparation Part 1: 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.
4. 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!
5. 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.
6. 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 a 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 it may seem like a long and dreadful process, it really does not have to be, especially with the BrushMate and BiteBlock combo! Remember, a little brushing a day goes a long way!
Important Notes/Things to Consider: Our Paw Ready team highly recommends starting to use the BiteBlock on your pet at an early age, as regular brushing of your pet’s teeth will get them accustomed to a regular routine of oral care. Please note that your pet may need to be trained to accept the BiteBlock in their mouth. Progressively building up brushing sessions over time, until your pet is comfortable with the BiteBlock. Additional time may be required if BiteBlock is being introduced to older pets.
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