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How should a dog's teeth be brushed?

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To brush a dog's teeth, the owner must use a brush and toothpaste designed specifically for dogs, and brush the toothpaste onto the dog's teeth and around the gums. Many pet stores and veterinary offices stock toothbrushes made for dogs that look like a regular human toothbrush as well as plastic brushes that can be placed around the owner's finger so that the teeth are easier to reach.

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If the brushes available at the pet store won't work because the dog tries to bite, then the owner can use clean gauze wrapped around the owner's finger.

The toothpaste comes in flavors such as mint, chicken, liver, salmon or peanut butter. Try to use a flavor that the dog is known to like. Toothpaste designed specifically for dogs can be swallowed, so there is no need to worry about upset stomachs.

To brush the teeth, gently introduce the dog to the brush so that the animal is not frightened. Then start to gently brush the teeth, reaching the front of the teeth as well as both sides. Then start to massage the gums. When finished with the brushing, give the dog a treat so that he or she will look forward to teeth brushing.

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