I have to admit, I’m proud of my teeth! They are so pretty and white. And most importantly, they are healthy and strong! That’s good because I use my teeth to do more than just eat, my teeth are like my hands. And the vet says that healthy teeth means healthy puppies, which is good enough for me.
When my Mommy and Daddy first started cleaning my teeth, I really didn’t like it at all. They started massaging my lips, gums and teeth with their fingers. It felt really weird, but after a week or so I got used to it. Which I guess was the point because after I got used to that, they started using doggy toothpaste on my lips and gums. I liked the toothpaste because it tasted like one of my favorite foods – chicken! I ate it all up!
Then came the toothbrush! Oh my! It was a bunch of bristles they put over their finger. They put the toothpaste on the tooth brush and rubbed my teeth and gums with it. They move it in small circular motion, which is kind of relaxing. Then they move my lips around so they can get to the teeth on the side. I just sit there and let them, though it’s definitely not my favorite part of the day. I usually try to eat all the toothpaste off the brush before they can get to my teeth and gums, but I never get it all. They do this 2 to 3 times a week to keep my teeth healthy. It doesn’t take long, so I don’t mind too much. And I really do enjoy the tasty toothpaste!
Did you know that 80% of dogs and cats will have periodontal disease by the age of 4? What do you do to keep your pets teeth clean?