White Poodle Dog Teeth Cleaning - Toothbrush in mouth“Dog Teeth Cleaning? Huh? You’re telling me I need to brush my dog’s teeth?”

You may be wondering … “Why do I need to brush my dog’s teeth, anyway? After all, for thousands of years dogs never brushed their teeth and they got along fine, didn’t they?”

We as human beings didn’t regularly visit a dentist thousands of years ago, but I don’t think anyone would argue with our need for routine dental care now.

Dog Teeth Cleaning – Why Is It Important?

Just as Gingivitis can have very serious health consequences for people, the same is true for dogs.

Studies indicate that 80% of dogs over three years of age have developed some level of dental disease. Gingivitis is considered to be an early stage of Periodontal Disease (which causes tooth and bone loss). And – left untreated – Periodotitis is irreversible!

I don’t know about you, but THAT makes me want to Sit up and take notice. Please Stay around for more information!

What is Gingivitis?
“So what causes Gingivitis in dogs’ teeth?”

  1. Trapped Food Particles – When food particles (trapped in the crevices of your dogs teeth) combine with saliva and bacteria, the bacteria begins to multiply.
  2. Bacteria Forms Plaque – Without proper dog teeth cleaning, the bacteria adheres to the smooth surfaces of your dogs teeth and forms plaque.
  3. Plaque Forms Tartar – As the plaque builds up and calcifies, it forms tartar (also known as Calculus) within 72 hours. Poodles and smaller breeds of dog develop Calculus more easily than other breeds.
  4. Tartar Attracts More Bacteria – The tartar creates a rough surface on the teeth where more bacteria can latch on and grow.
  5. Food Becomes Trapped – As more tartar accumulates, it pushes the gums away from the teeth, making room for more food particles and bacteria to be trapped between the teeth and gums.
  6. Gingivitis – This causes pain, bleeding and inflammation of the gums, which is called Gingivitis.
  7. Periodontitis – Untreated, Gingivitis develops into Periodontitis and can cause tooth loss. Periodontitis can also be very serious – even life threatening – if bacteria enters the blood stream and travels to remote areas of the body like the heart, liver and kidneys.

The GOOD NEWS is that Gingivitis is very preventable!

At Standard Poodle Owner, we understand how important dog teeth cleaning is for your dogs’ health. Our goal is to arm you with the information you need to provide optimal dental care for your standard poodle.

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How to Brush Your Dogs’ Teeth

Whether he is just a puppy or is older, there’s no time like the present to start cleaning your poodles’ teeth!

Even though it’s not absolutely necessary to brush puppy teeth, it really helps to establish a pattern early so brushing is not foreign to your dog when his permanent teeth come in.

The goal is to help your poodle see that dog teeth cleaning is “treat time“. By following our guidelines, you can make this a more pleasant experience for both you and your dog.

Dog Teeth Cleaning Supplies

Items You Will Need:

  1. Canine Tooth Paste (this comes in a variety of great dog flavors) – Do NOT use human toothpaste! It contains fluoride which is not safe for your dog (and is not meant to be swallowed).
  2. A Dog Tooth Brush – These come in large or small – and some even include a plaque scraper.
  3. Dog Treats – Although not technically required, these provide GREAT motivation!
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The earlier your dog becomes familiar with you handling his mouth, the better. But it’s never too late to form a good habit.

Step by Step Instructions for Dog Teeth Cleaning

Step 1 – Gather Supplies

Have toothpaste and toothbrush ready. We recommend Petrodex Enzymatic Toothpaste for dogs.

A yummy treat at the end is a great motivator. Keep the rewards teeth-friendly and healthy too. Our preferred dog treats are Dr. Mercola Dental Chews.

Step 2 – Get Comfortable

Make yourself and your dog as comfortable as possible. For a small dog, that may mean placing him on a raised surface.

Step 3 – Introduce Toothpaste

  1. Apply a small amount of dog toothpaste to your finger and gently massage his front teeth and gums.
  2. Allow him to lick the toothpaste from your finger. He will consider this a yummy treat.
  3. This first session should be very short and pleasant. Praise him for being a good patient and reward him with a treat.
  4. Repeat this process for several days, gradually working your finger back further and further in your dogs’ mouth. Don’t rush it.

Step 4 – Introduce Toothbrush

  1. When you feel your dog is comfortable with your handling his mouth, you can move on to introducing the toothbrush.
  2. Start as usual, massaging his teeth and gums with your finger.
  3. Then apply a small amount of toothpaste to the toothbrush and just introduce him to it by brushing his front teeth lightly in a circular motion. Short and sweet.
  4. Follow up by rubbing toothpaste onto his side teeth with your finger. Praise and treats!

Step 5 – Make it a Routine

  1. Finally, when you feel he’s ready and not too anxious, switch to only brushing with the toothbrush. Brush gently in a circular motion.
  2. Brush the front teeth, then each quadrant – upper and lower on one side, and then upper and lower on the other side.
  3. Initially, this brushing session should be very short, but gradually increasing the time until you’re spending about 30-60 seconds on each quadrant of his mouth.
Please watch as Dr. Tim Klein of “All Pets Medicine, Surgery & Rehabilitation Clinic” in Mapleton, MN explains the importance and procedure for dog teeth cleaning.
SpokesPoodle LaceyPoodle Grooming Tip – You’ll notice that there is seldom any tartar buildup on the inside of your poodle’s teeth. Although not 100% effective, your dogs’ tongue does a great job of keeping the inside of the teeth clean.

Consequences of Not Brushing Dogs Teeth

If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.Roger Caras