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Brushing your dog’s teeth might not be the highlight of your daily routine, but at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital, we know it’s a cornerstone of good pet health. Just as in humans, plaque and tartar can build up on your furry friend’s teeth, leading to gum disease and other health issues. Regular brushing will keep your dog’s smile bright and healthy, and getting started is easier than you might think!

The Importance of Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

Regular dental care is as essential for your pets as it is for you. Brushing your dog’s teeth can prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar, ward off periodontal disease, and even eliminate bad breath. It’s a vital component of your dog’s overall health care that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Getting Started: What You’ll Need

Before you begin the tooth-brushing ritual, you’ll need a few things:

  • A pet toothbrush: Choose a size and shape that fits comfortably in your dog’s mouth.
  • Toothpaste for pets: Human toothpaste can harm your pet, so make sure you get a product formulated specifically for your pet.
  • Patience and positivity: Your pet may not take to brushing immediately, but with a positive attitude, you can turn it into a bonding experience.

Step-by-Step Guide to Brushing Your Pet’’s Teeth

Acclimatizing Your Pet to the Process

First, you’ll want to get your dog accustomed to a toothbrush. Start by gently rubbing their lips and teeth with your finger. Once they’re comfortable, let them taste a bit of the pet toothpaste.

Brushing Techniques

With your pet toothbrush at the ready, apply a small amount of toothpaste. Lift your dog’s lips to expose their teeth and gums, and use gentle circular motions to brush. Focus on the outside surfaces of the teeth, where plaque tends to accumulate. Don’t worry as much about the inside surfaces; your dog’s tongue tends to keep those areas cleaner.


Aim to brush your dog’s teeth daily, but if that’s too ambitious, brushing several times a week can still significantly impact their dental health.

The Benefits of Brushing

Beyond a brighter smile, brushing your dog’s teeth has numerous benefits. It can prevent oral diseases, contribute to their overall health, and even reduce the frequency of professional cleanings, which saves you time and money in the long run.

Supplementing with Professional Care

While brushing pets’ teeth at home is essential, it’s not a substitute for professional veterinary dental care. Regular check-ups can help spot issues early, and professional cleanings can remove tartar build-up that at-home brushing can’t address.

MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital offers comprehensive dental services, including check-ups, cleanings, and dental surgery if necessary. These services complement your diligent at-home dental care routine, ensuring your pet maintains the best oral health possible.

The veterinarians and staff at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital believe in the power of prevention, and brushing your dog’s teeth is a simple yet effective way to safeguard their health. If you have any questions or want to make sure you’re doing everything you can for your dog’s dental health, don’t hesitate to reach out. Let’s keep those tails wagging and those smiles shining!