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Are you too busy to brush your dog’s teeth?

March 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Dentistry

You’ve been told you’re supposed to brush your dog’s teeth. Maybe you’ve even made some strides in that department, but at the end of the day (or week, or month), it’s not getting done. Here are some suggestions to help you be more successful:

  1. Put a picture of your dog (or your dog’s teeth, if you’re really brave!) by your tooth brush. Let this be a reminder to you that you’re not the only one who needs some teeth brushing!
  2. Set up an automatic reminder. If you have an email address or smart phone, setting up a reminder can be an easy way to remember lots of things. While you’re at it, set up a reminder for your dog’s monthly heartworm and flea prevention too!
  3. Make it easy. Keep the tooth brushing supplies in an easy-to-access location so you won’t come up with too many excuses.
  4. Make it fun! If you and your dog both dread the teeth brushing, you’ll never do it, except maybe the day after your vet gives you a guilt trip for not brushing them daily. Work up to it gradually, with lots of handling of the muzzle and gums, and let your dog lick the toothpaste off your finger before you move up to an actual toothbrush and actual brushing.
  5. Think of it as an investment. Brushing your dog’s teeth every day may not eliminate the need to have his/her teeth cleaned under anesthesia periodically, but rest assured you’re demonstrating perhaps the highest commitment to your best friend by making a faithful effort to ensure his/her oral health.

The video below is one we made with our friends at to help show people how to brush their dog’s teeth.



2 Responses to “Are you too busy to brush your dog’s teeth?”
  1. Jana Rade says:

    I have to admit that I admire every pet that allows this to be done to them. It can’t possibly make any sense to them! 🙂

    Jasmine, fortunately, is very good about accepting the inevitable and gets her teeth brushed twice daily. Still, starting to get a bit of yellow on her teeth at her gum line though.

  2. J.C. Burcham, DVM says:

    Jasmine is very lucky to have you! You’re right, our pets must really wonder about us sometimes. 🙂

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