November 7, 2008, Newsletter Issue #261: Brush Your Dog's Teeth

Tip of the Week

It's a good idea to brush your dog's teeth on a regular basis to avoid cavities, gum disease, and the loss of teeth. Chewing rawhides, rubber dog toys, and dry dog food, may slow down some plaque and tartar build-up, but brushing your dog's teeth is vital for keeping them in top shape. It's always best to start when your dog is young. You can use a regular human toothbrush or a latex thimble with bristles for toy breeds.

Start by massaging your dog's lips and gums for a few weeks to get him accustomed to the sensation of having his teeth brushed. Then, you can begin using a dab of canine toothpaste on a toothbrush and start your canine on his way to good dental hygiene. Always brush in a small circular motion and make your way from one side of the mouth to the other.

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