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Imagine if you didn’t brush your own teeth for months or years on end. It’d be pretty gross, right?
Your gums would be inflamed and your teeth would be in bad shape (if you still had them). As for the smell of your breath … yikes!
Well, guess what? Dogs are no different. They need daily oral care to live long, happy lives.
Did you know? By taking care of your dog’s oral hygiene, you could actually add 2-5 years to your pet’s life.
If you’re venturing into the world of dog tooth brushing, congrats! You’ve joined the elite 5% of pet owners who do this important oral hygiene task.
It’s worth it! Your dog will be happier and healthier … and you’ll love that cuddly-close fresh breath.
Brushing your dog’s teeth can help your furry friend avoid periodontal disease, a painful – yet entirely preventable – disease of the gums that affects 80% of dogs by age 3.
Periodontal disease starts with plaque. This is the sticky stuff that forms on your pet’s teeth after they eat. Left to build up, plaque will eventually harden into tartar.
Tartar is a rock-hard substance that’s loaded with bacteria. This bacterium damages the gums and the bones that hold the teeth in place. The result? Inflamed, infected gums; pain; bad breath; and inevitably … tooth loss.
Eventually, the bacteria will make it into the dog’s bloodstream, which can affect the heart, lungs and kidneys. This is why periodontal disease can shorten a pet’s lifespan by 2-5 years.
Despite all the benefits of tooth brushing, it can seem like an intimidating and time-consuming task for dog owners. But with patience, practice, and a few good tips, anyone can become a dog tooth brushing pro in no time. In fact, many owners find that it’s a great bonding experience with their dogs.
1. Choose a time of day that is relaxed with minimal distractions (preferably after a long walk or exhausting play).
2. Gather your supplies. (Make sure to have treats!)
3. Let your dog sniff and lick the toothpaste and toothbrush so he gets used to the texture of these items before they go in his mouth.
4. Get in Position. Kneel or sit in front of or to the side of your dog. Don’t stand above your dog or hold him down, as your dog will feel threatened.
5. Put some toothpaste on the brush. Placing one hand over the top of your dog’s muzzle, gently lift his lips. With your other hand, brush a few teeth in a circular motion at a 45-degree angle. Your pet can keep his jaws closed. Just focus on cleaning the outer surfaces of the teeth and gums. After 2-3 seconds of brushing, stop and release your pet’s muzzle. Give a treat.
6. Repeat Step 5 two times a day for 1-2 weeks. Slowly increase the time you spend brushing with each session and increase the number of teeth you brush. (Don’t forget the gum line!)
7. Once you have the hang of it, try gently opening your pet’s jaws to brush the back teeth. Don't worry if it's too hard to brush the inside of his teeth; periodontal disease is more common on the outside of teeth.
8. Always end each tooth brushing session with a reward, whether it’s affection, playtime or a treat … even if it didn't go well. You want your dog to learn that good things always happen when his teeth are brushed!
Do Talk to Your Pet
Talk to your dog throughout the tooth brushing process and praise him often. Hearing your voice (your dog’s favorite sound in the world) will help your dog feel reassured and safe.
Don’t Use Your Own Toothpaste
It’s great you want to share with your dog, but let’s keep that to the realm of blankets. Human toothpaste can be harmful to your dog because they can’t spit it out like we can. For example, fluoride can cause stomach upset and foaming agents can cause liver damage to dogs when swallowed.
Do Beware of Flavored Toothpastes
It may look delish on the packaging, but all those flavored dog toothpastes, from bacon to beef, can spell trouble for tooth brushing time. It can make dogs just want to chew on the toothbrush rather than having their teeth brush. Plus, it can make the breath smell bad. Artificial meat scent mixed with chemicals and preservatives … not exactly pleasant!
This USA-made, vet-recommended dog toothpaste is uniquely unflavored. Oxyfresh Pet Gel contains a powerful, yet gentle blend of Oxygene® and Aloe vera to soothe the gums, fight plaque and bacteria, and neutralize your dog’s bad breath … fast! More information...
Safe and non-toxic with no harsh chemicals, Oxyfresh Pet Gel can be applied onto a toothbrush or simply rubbed directly on your dog’s gum line.
Oxygene® is our proprietary ingredient proven to neutralize Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSCs). VSCs are the compounds inside bacteria that can harm the gums and bring on that horrible dog breath.
Oxygene® dissolves these “bad smelling” germs on contact! More information...
It’s not magic – it’s science! When Oxygene® comes in contact with VSCs (odor-causing) molecules, it oxidizes them and converts them into sulfite ions (odor-free).
Oxygene® is non-toxic and completely safe for all members of the family, furry and otherwise. Plus, it’s a tasteless and odorless ingredient.
Why keep giving your dog’s teeth and gums the brush-off?
Start a tooth brushing routine now and help your dog live a longer, happier life … up to 5 years longer!
Oxyfresh has complete confidence in the excellence of its products.
That’s why we offer a 100 percent money-back guarantee (minus the cost of shipping) within 30 days of purchase if you’re not happy.