I brush Nimble doggy's teeth and she gnaws on safe dog chews. "How to clean dog teeth” is illustrated by Nimble's dad (me, the dentist) and Nimble (the patient). We add the cleaning action of the best raw dog food and coconut oil. look out...
The guy doggies will be lining up to date my little furry gal!
Don't get me wrong... we have our bad hair days. But, anything in life that's worth a darn has it's challenges...
Did you just bring your doggy home for the first time? Get to know each other first!
It's best introducing dog dental care when your doggy is a couple months old. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. The older your doggy is, the more she's set in her ways (like me). Some dogs are more tolerant than others due to personality or how they were raised.
On a scale of 1-10, Nimble is a 9. I've been brushing her clean dog teeth (bragging) for 3 years. She's 3 ½ years old... I started when I brought her home from dog rescue at age 6 months.
Nimble and I started practicing dog tooth care a little at a time, twice a day. After a couple weeks I brushed all her teeth twice a day. It seemed like too much for her (and me). Brushing half of her teeth in the morning and the other half after dinner works best for us.
My other doggie was different. I brought Gidget home when she was 6. I brushed all her teeth the first time... presto! Learning to clean dog teeth was a breeze.
Both dogs are Toy Poodle mixes about 10 pounds.
Hopefully you don't let him teach you!
Even though I started brushing right off the get go... it's probably best to be a little more subtle.
Gently compliment and reassure your pooch during the routine.
Before you know it, your little guy or gal will be teaching you how to clean dog teeth!
Worth mentioning again... during your dog teeth cleaning process, talk gently while complimenting and reassuring.
I brush Nimble's upper teeth in the morning. She lets me brush the stubborn spots again (top and bottom) when I'm finished. In the evening after dinner I brush her lower teeth and hit those stubborn spots one more time.
All her teeth get cleaned once a day. Our dog toothbrush scrubs those nooks and crannies (stubborn areas) three times a day.
Nimble has a small mouth compared to larger dogs. There's not enough room to clean her dog teeth by brushing in a circular motion if that's your preference. I brush all dog teeth teeth side to side, then up and down. Don't forget to scrub the tops of those big molars in back.
We divide each “half” (morning and evening) into sections. I apply our healthy dog toothpaste before brushing each section. I hit each section with about 5-6 up-and-downs and side-to-sides.
The whole dog teeth cleaning process takes about 10 minutes. Sometimes I don't concentrate... I start brushing too hard or too long. Other times I forget where I left off after applying more dog toothpaste (old age?). Nimble reminds me by getting squirmy!
I never heard of anyone else melting coconut oil. I feel you waste a lot more if it's not melted. Also, it's harder to coat all the nooks and crannies. I've tried Q-tips and other things for applying...
Don't waste your time... your finger works best for healthy dog dental hygiene.
Maybe not, but we hope so! Stick with it... the rewards outweigh the disadvantages of dirty dog teeth care. And, don't forget to factor in dog teeth cleaning and dental work cost.
Now is a good time
to reward your dog...
Give her a good rub. And sometimes...
...it's hard not to give her a treat. She was patient while you slaved away brushing her teeth! Click here to see Nimble's home made treats menu. Go ahead... I give Nimble one of her dog liver treats. These little gems are her favorite treat on this planet... click here!
Following up with
a pat on the back and “Goood dawg” should do it..
You and your dog should have fun while learning about cleaning dog teeth!
Wild dogs chew bones, ligaments and cartilage. Nimble does the same and so should your dog! Chewing not only cleans your dog's teeth, it gives her exercise and enjoyment. You're not crazy about feeding a raw meat dog food diet (raw meaty bones)? Then make sure...
...your pooch has plenty safe dog chews of different sizes and shapes. All those nooks and crannies must be reached!
I leave Nimble's dog chews out all the time and I encourage her to chew. The more, the merrier. She doesn't own a chew that needs to be supervised... I don't have the patience for that! Teaching a dog how to clean dog teeth takes enough time...
There's plenty of safe dog chews to “chews” from (get it?).
I want to say more but... Nimble just reminded me this page is about how to clean dog teeth. Guess I better stay on topic (I really get going sometimes). Please read our following articles covering safe dog chews in much more detail...
Simple. Just feed your dog. Let the abrasion action, dental floss (ligaments) and enzymes work their magic! If you're lucky, you might not need to brush your dog's teeth at all. Every dog is different.
I feed Nimble whole organic chickens minus feathers. I chop it up into pieces that are easily handled by my small dog. Chewing the raw meaty bones, ligaments and cartilage cleans, flosses and polishes. The enzymes in her diet add extra cleaning power...
Nimble eats other organic poultry if I can find it.
I feed my doggy beef and other “large animal” meat. I rip the dog bones down from smaller animals and cut into small pieces and serve 'em up. Some will even go through our grinder... they need to be from smaller animals that have “softer” bones.
Big weight bearing bones from large animals are too big and hard for Nimble. If your dog is bigger you can adjust bone size to your dog's size.
I catch fish and feed them raw to Nimble (the whole fish). I chop the
fish into smaller pieces suitable for her size. And yes, fish
for dogs is ok! While Nimble grinds and chews fish, mother nature is polishing and cleaning her shiny dog teeth.
“How much of my dog's diet should consist of 'the whole' prey animal?" About 80-90%.
For more particulars about the barf dog food diet (bones and raw food), please check out our pages...
The enzymes in these nutritious foods are beneficial for good dog teeth health! Make sure you blend them first.
Nuts and seeds need to be ground into nut butters (we make our own). Imitate the stomach contents of a prey animal eaten by a wild dog (pre-digested/pureed). Otherwise, your doggie can't digest them!
These nutritious foods should make up about 10-20% of your pooch's diet.
Sometimes tooth brushing, raw feeding dogs and safe dog chews just aren't enough...
Here's a few dog dental hygiene tips we'd like to share...
Are your dog's gums red and swollen? Is there tarter and plaque build up? If so, please take your pal to the doggy dentist asap! This bleeding is caused by dental disease due to poor dental hygiene.
All of the “tools” that we use are easy to find. Also, they're inexpensive except the coconut oil. However, a little goes a long, long way...
I'm trying to convince myself that a dog toothbrush without toothpaste will do the job. Dip it in coconut oil and presto!
… if you have patience (something I'm constantly working on!). Additionally, you must understand that your dog is a canine, not a human. She's always trying to please you... each and every day. Cleaning your dog's teeth pays big dividends.
Please don't overlook your dog's pearly whites. The sooner you start, the better.
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