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Brushing Your Pet's Teeth -

Brushing your pet's teeth daily or at least 3 times per week (daily is best!) is essential in maintaining proper dental health.  The following are tips to help you learn how to brush your pet's teeth:

1.  Select an appropriate time -

Find a quiet, convenient time when you and your pet are both relaxed.

2.  Acquaint your pet with the process -

For the first few sessions don't even use a toothbrush.  Hold your pet as if cuddling.  Gently stroke the outside of his/her cheeks with your finger.  After your pet becomes comfortable, place a dab of toothpaste on your finger and let him/her taste it.  We suggest starting with C.E.T. toothpaste, which is especially made for pets.  (Only pet toothpastes should be used.)

3.  Introduce the toothbrush -

Start by letting your pet lick the toothpaste off the toothbrush. 

Then, place a small amount of toothpaste on the first three rows of the brush.  In a slow back and forth motion, brush one or two teeth and the gum line.  The purpose of this step is to get your pet accustomed to the feel of the brush.

4.  Begin Brushing -

Over the next several days, gradually increase the number of teeth brushed.  It is important to eventually brush the rear teeth where plaque and tarter have a greater tendency to accumulate.  Go slowly and gently and pull open the cheek with your fingers to reach the back areas.  It is best to brush in a circular motion with the brush at a 45 degree angle to the teeth and gums.  Stop brushing before your pet begins to fuss.  If pets learn to dislike the procedure and find out that more fussing makes you stop more quickly, then bushing is going to get harder, not easier.

Build up to about 30 seconds per side.  You only need to worry about the outside surfaces of their teeth since most dogs and cats accumulate very little tarter on the inside.  But be sure to brush the big teeth all the way in the back.

5.  Make tooth brushing a pleasurable experience.  Proceed slowly and gently.  Stop each session while it is still fun and lavishly praise your pet afterwards.   You can "teach an old dog new tricks" - Patience, dedication and treats may be necessary.

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