Goldendoodles are not any more prone to cavities, plaque buildup, or gingivitis than other dog breeds. So it’s not a question of whether Goldendoodles need their teeth brushed, so much as whether or not dogs in general need to have their teeth brushed. Here’s some information to help you know how to practice good dental care for dogs.
Do you need to brush your dog’s teeth?
You brush your teeth to prevent cavities, plaque buildup, tartar buildup up, bad breath, and tooth discoloration. Brushing a dog’s teeth provides the same benefits. In the same way that good oral hygiene keeps your teeth and gums healthy, dog dental care can help keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy. Brushing your dog’s teeth can prevent infections that could cause health problems or complications.
Brushing your dog’s teeth is a good idea, but it’s very much a personal decision. If you choose not to brush your dog’s teeth, be sure to regularly inspect the inside of your dog’s mouth, including the teeth and gums. If you notice any abnormalities such as discoloration, swelling, missing teeth, or anything that causes alarm, talk to your dog’s vet.
How do you brush your dog’s teeth?
There are different ways to do it. You can use a regular, soft-bristle tooth brush or a special toothbrush made for dogs. Dog toothbrushes typically have softer bristles, longer handles, and are angled for easier brushing. You can also find silicone brushes that slip on over your finger.
Some people use special toothpaste for dogs, but you don’t have to use toothpaste at all. Under no circumstance should you regular toothpaste, as it can make your dog sick.
You want to make sure that your dog is relaxed before brushing her teeth. Try brushing your dog’s teeth after physical activity, such as a game of fetch or a walk around the neighborhood. It will be easier for your dog to sit still while you try to brush her teeth if she has recently gotten some exercise.
Don’t force it. Try a little bit at first. If your dog doesn’t seem to like it, stop and try again another time. Your dog will get used to brushing the more that you do it.
It can be difficult to introduce teeth brushing to older dogs, so if you choose to brush your dog’s teeth, try to start early.
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