Brushing their Teeth
Like humans, puppies need their teeth to be brushed regularly. Since they can’t do it themselves, it’s our responsibility as their owners to do it. Brushing puppy’s teeth in the first eight to sixteen weeks of his life is very critical. When puppies start to lose their teeth, foul breath becomes a problem. Also, this time is when they are most sensitive to dental diseases.
Puppies will start to lose their “baby teeth” between four to six months of age. Incisors, the front teeth are the ones lost first. The new adult teeth will push out the “baby teeth” until it has fully taken its place. Puppies more specifically need proper dental care to ensure that their new teeth will be healthy.
Remember never rush brushing your puppy’s teeth because he may accidentally and unconsciously hurt you. Start of by dabbing a little amount of dog toothpaste on your finger. Do not use human toothpaste or baking soda because it can make puppies sick. Let your puppy taste it first. Then carefully rub your fingers under his upper lip and on his teeth.
Make the routine as fast and effective as you can. Prolonged teeth cleaning session can bore your puppy making him less cooperative next time. When your puppy is already used to it, you can use a toothbrush for dogs or baby’s toothbrush as an alternative but be sure not to mix them up. Do this as many times as you are brushing your teeth each day or after every heavy meal. Make this routine a bonding moment for you and your pet. There are also flavored dog toothpastes available to encourage your pet to participate in the activity.
Poor dental care and practice can cause various health problems for puppies in general. Promoting healthy and proper dental care for puppies are recommended as early as possible. You may get bitten once in a while, but it’s all worth it.
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