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Dog Toothbrush: How to Select the Right Dog Toothbrush

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A dog toothbrush? You bet. Dogs can suffer from similar dental problems as humans, including severe pain, infection and tooth loss. You can help prevent those issues by taking care of your dogs teeth. One basic thing you can do is brush your dogs teeth!

There are several new products on the market that help pet owners care for their pet's teeth including various styles of dog toothbrush. Styles of dog toothbrushes include a relative standard style toothbrush with a slightly different angle that works best for your dogs mouth, a double ended dog toothbrush, finger cots (which are like glove fingers with bristles that allow you to brush using your finger) and brush your dog's teeth – especially the teeth in the back of the mouth.

Features to Consider in a Dog Toothbrush

  • Style
  • Size relative to size of your dog
  • Size/length of handle vs. size of bristle area
  • Comfortable of handle
  • Your dogs personality

    Desirable Features of a Dog Toothbrush

  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Pet doesn't mind it
  • Safe
  • Effective

    Ideal Choice for a Dog Toothbrush

  • The ideal choice for a dog toothbrush is a product that works for your dog and is easy to use. For large breed dogs, the finger cot brushes seem to work best. You basically place the finger cot over your finger, apply a small amount of paste and gently brush your dog's teeth. For small dogs, the more standard style brushes may work best because their mouths are smaller and it is often harder to get your finger around all their teeth. You may need to experiment with what dog toothbrush works best for your dog based on his personality and size of this mouth.

    Tips for Using a Dog Toothbrush

  • Be careful – don't get bit when using a dog toothbrush on your pooch. Start gradually and try to make if fun for your dog.
  • Be gentle. Praise your dog for good behavior.
  • Start slowly. Don't try to brush all your dogs' teeth on day one.
  • Brush every day or every other day for the best benefit.
  • Read "How to Brush Your Dog Teeth" to get started.


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