Brushing Fido’s Teeth

Do you brush your dog’s teeth? If so, that’s great! Just like people, dogs can get plaque and tartar buildup on their teeth. This allows bacteria to thrive, which can in turn lead to infections, gum disease, and even tooth loss. However, many people overlook this important part of your dog’s care. A Murrieta, CA vet offers tips on brushing Fido’s teeth in this article.

Starting Out

This may go without saying, but your best bet is to start while your canine buddy is still a puppy. It’s much easier to train Fido to get used to something while he’s young! At first, just gently rub your dog’s teeth and gums. Offer treats, praise, and ear scritches, so your ‘good boy’ forms positive associations with the process.

Stage Two

When your furry friend is used to having his teeth handled, try putting some toothpaste on a pet toothbrush. You can also get a finger toothbrush, or wrap your finger in gauze. Continue offering treats and praise. Talk to your dog in a friendly, happy tone of voice.


You’ll have much better luck if you get a toothpaste that tastes good to Fido, like a poultry, beef, or peanut butter flavor. Don’t use human toothpastes on your pooch: they are toxic to dogs. This applies to toothbrushes as well. Pet toothbrushes are angled in a way that works with canine mouths. Human ones are not.


You don’t have to brush all of your dog’s teeth every day. Just do one section at a time, and keep rotating. Your furry pal will still benefit. Our canine pals thrive on routine, so try to get into the habit of doing this every night. It will only take a few moments!

Other Options

No luck? You can still keep your pup’s mouth clean by offering him dental treats and chews. Oral rinses are also beneficial. Another thing you can do is put some pet toothpaste on chew stick. Every little bit helps!

What About Fluffy?

Cats also benefit from having their teeth brushed regularly. Unfortunately, no one has really been able to convince them of that. That isn’t to say brushing Fluffy’s teeth is impossible: you just may need more time and patience. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Please contact us, your local Murrieta, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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