How to Clean Dog Teeth without Brushing

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If your teeth start to feel a little fuzzy after a long day, you probably give them a good brushing or at least a quick rinse with mouthwash. The chances are that your dog doesn’t care too much how his teeth feel, but oral hygiene is still important. By the time they are three years old, most dogs and cats show some degree of periodontal disease.

Brushing your dog’s teeth is the most thorough way to clean them, but it isn’t the only option. This is good news if your dog has trouble sitting still! Read on to learn some alternative ways to clean your dog’s teeth without brushing.

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Tips for Cleaning Dog Teeth without Brushing

If you want to brush your dog’s teeth, it’s not something you can just start doing. It often takes days or weeks of getting your dog used to the brush and brushing a few teeth at a time until your dog is able to sit still for the whole endeavor. So, what do you do in the meantime? Or if your dog never gets used to having his teeth brushed?

Here are some simple tips for cleaning your dog’s teeth without brushing:

  • Dog tooth wipes. If your dog won’t let you brush his teeth, he might sit still long enough for a quick swipe of a dog tooth wipe. These wipes are designed to be rubbed against a dog’s teeth to remove plaque and work in a similar way to brushing, though they can’t get into the nooks and crannies as well as a brush an.
  • Dog dental treats. Your dog will always accept a treat, even if it’s good for him! Dog dental treats are usually made with ingredients designed to freshen breath and are usually crunchy to help scrape plaque and tartar off the dog’s teeth as he chews. They come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and flavors to appeal to your dog’s preferences.
  • Dog chews. Many dog chews offer some degree of dental benefit because, simply by using his teeth, your dog can protect them. Gnawing on certain materials scrapes plaque and tartar off the teeth and many chews contain natural enzymes that help promote your dog’s dental health. Try things like cow ears, chicken stripes, and bully sticks or hard rubber toys like Kongs.
  • Professional cleanings. If you really want to keep your dog’s teeth clean, you should have them professionally cleaned about once a year. Your veterinarian knows your dog well and is familiar with his issues, including dental problems, so he is the perfect person to help you maintain your dog’s dental hygiene. A professional cleaning might be pricy but it is well worth it.

Though it may sound silly to brush an animal’s teeth, oral hygiene is just as important for your dog as it is for you. Neglecting your dog’s dental health can lead to serious problems like gum disease and tooth loss. It is never too early to start taking care of your dog’s teeth, so try the tips above!