Start off on the right foot with your new pup by introducing them to dental care while they are young. Both the American and Australian Veterinary Dental societies have found that by the age of just 3 years old 70% of cats and 80% of dogs are affected by periodontal disease and it is by far the most common of all diseases found in cats and dogs. Regular brushing with a specific pet toothpaste and brush will help reduce the build up of tartar that can lead to gum disease and rotten teeth. Choosing a good dry dog food will help as well. There are specific dental formulas available designed to reduce tartar. Raw, air dried bones and dental chew toys are recommended to be used in conjunction with brushing to manage good oral hygiene in your pet. The Nylabone advanced oral care toothbrush is specifically designed for the contours of smaller mouths. The nylon bristles are super soft and the rubber massages gums to help reduce plaque and tartar build up. Directions for use:
Allow your pup to taste a small amount of the Nylabone dental toothpaste by placing it on your finger. You can gradually build this exercise up by rubbing on the pups teeth. Remember, like any form of training, short bursts are best and gradually build up when your pup is familiar with this routine.
Once comfortable with these steps, introduce the toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste Gradually start brushing in a back and forth motion. No need to rinse!