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Dogs don't get dental carries the same way as humans do, but they are vulnerable to plaque, gingivitis and tartar — all of which can cause foul breath and tooth problems. Regular trips to the dog dentist end up being costly. Moreover, your dog will likely have to be put under anaesthesia, because no dog ever "opens wide" for any dentist or vet.

 Why Regular dog's teeth check-up is vital

 Cleaning your dog's teeth is important, but how often you should brush does depend on your dog and your motivation factor.

Poor dog dental care can lead to dental infections that can travel to your doggie's heart, causing major problems and even death.

 How's that for motivation to brush your dog's teeth?

 Preparation steps to brush your dog's teeth:

 Working anywhere near your pooch's mouth puts you at risk of an occasional frustrated nip or two. These cleaning habits will help prevent it:

  • Regular Brushing. You should brush your dog's teeth daily, but realistically, if you can brush them once or twice a week, you're better off than most pet owners. Get your dog used to the teeth cleaning routine with frequent brushing and to the idea of having her mouth touched by you.

  •  Pick the best time. The best time for brushing is right after your dog has exercised and is a little tired. Otherwise, she'd be willing to fight with you over handling her mouth. 

  • Train your dog to allow you to touch her mouth.

 how often should you brush your dog's teeth

6 tips to brush your dog's teeth : 

  1. Flip up her lips.

  2. Wet the edge of a clean washcloth so you can rub your dog's gums and teeth; hold a corner of the wet portion of the washcloth with your index finger and use a gentle, circular motion.

  3. Talk to your dog in calm, soothing tones.

  4. If your dog grows impatient, do Steps 1 through 3 for only a few seconds, and then stop and give her a treat.

  5.  Repeat Steps 1 through 4 again tomorrow, gradually lengthening the amount of time you spend doing them.Eventually, you'll be able to build up the amount of time your dog allows you to touch her mouth to where you're giving your dog a nice tooth and gum massage without any fuss.

  6. Use the finger brush or a dog tooth brush and pet toothpaste, do NOT use regular toothpaste for human as it contains fluoride, as it is extremely poisonous to dogs. Use flavored toothpaste like poultry, malt and other specially formulated for dogs.

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Source : Dummies