Never Brushed Your Dog’s Teeth? Start Now
It’s never too late to start brushing your dog’s teeth even if the dog is an adult or senior. Just like the impact it would have to human teeth, dogs can suffer from various dental diseases if their teeth aren’t brushed on a regular basis. Dental tartar will build up on the dog’s teeth and start to damage the gums, ligaments, and bones that hold the teeth in place.
In addition to starting the teeth brushing routine, you should also have your dog’s oral health checked by a vet. General anesthesia is typically involved with professional dental cleaning as it will allow the vet to reach parts of the dog’s teeth that they wouldn’t be able to reach without the dog struggling.
When you start the teeth brushing routine, you may need to accept that the dog will try to struggle and run away as they aren’t used to having their teeth touched. Our recommendation is to use a combination of a soft-bristle toothbrush and enzymatic toothpaste. There are other types of toothbrushes, such as the finger brush, which some dog owners may find better success with. Ultimately, there will be some trial-and-error before you find a dental routine that works for your dog.
While the effectiveness and benefits of tooth brushing might not be as strong for a dog that starts the dental routine at an older age, that doesn’t mean it’s too late. Start now so that there is less chance of your dog suffering from sickness at older age and to also save yourself from having to potentially pay for expensive treatment.