Affordable Dog Dental Cleaning? Learn How Do It At Home

Affordable Dog Dental Cleaning?
Learn How Do It At Home

I am the Original Holistic Pet Health Coach, and am now training passionate pet parents, and pet professionals to be Certified Holistic Pet Health Coaches so that more pets can be helped holistically.

Taking care of your dog’s dental health doesn’t have to break the bank. With a few simple steps, you can perform affordable dog dental cleanings in the comfort of your own home. By following these easy techniques and maintaining a regular dental care routine, you can help ensure your furry friend’s oral health is in optimal condition. In this article, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of DIY dog dental cleaning, providing you with cost-effective solutions to promote healthy teeth and gums for your canine companion. 

Timing is Everything

Picking the right time to check and clean your pet’s mouth is important. If your pet is anxious, checking and cleaning their teeth and gums can be challenging. The optimal time to do it is when your pet is feeling sleepy and calm, or during their rest time following a long walk or play session in the park. When your pet is relaxed, they’ll be more likely to cooperate during the check-up. This approach can demonstrate to your pet that the check-up is safe, fostering their understanding and ultimately making future dental cleanings easier.

Make Sure Your Position isn’t Threatening Them

When you’re about to start cleaning your dog’s teeth, it is crucial to avoid any actions or postures that may be perceived as threatening or scaring them. To do this, position yourself in a way that doesn’t look threatening. You can kneel or sit next to your dog’s head. This will help prevent them from feeling crowded or held down, which can make them scared and not like getting their teeth brushed.

Start Slow and Careful

It’s best to start by slowly rubbing your finger along their teeth and gums. This is to help your furry friend become familiar with the sensation of having their teeth touched. It might take some time for them to get used to it, so don’t be surprised if they initially resist. If your pup is especially resistant, you can gradually warm them up to the idea. For example, you can start by offering them a taste of doggy toothpaste or letting them sniff the toothbrush before attempting to use it. 

Evaluate Your Dog’s Teeth and Gums

Once your dog is comfortable with your prodding inside her mouth, you can do a more thorough evaluation before you brush your pooch’ teeth. Examine the gums by gently inserting your finger and rubbing it across your dog’s gum tissue. They will let you know if the gums are sore to the touch. You also need to take visual notes as you go. Look for abnormal coloration and unusual growths. You can use a product like Primal Health’s TEEF! Drinkable Prebiotic to promote your dog’s strong teeth and healthy gums, helping prevent dental issues and maintain oral hygiene.

Once you’ve determined that the gums look healthy, look closer at the teeth. It’s common to find plaque buildup around the base of teeth. You can easily eliminate the excess plaque by brushing your dog’s teeth. You can use a human toothbrush to help scrub some of the buildups away.

To keep your dog’s teeth healthy and white, cleaning them regularly is important. You can do this using a dog finger brush or gauze and gently circular motions at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. This will help remove the buildup of plaque on their teeth. It’s important to be gentle and comforting during the process and reward your dog with a treat and praise.If your dog doesn’t like the feeling of a toothbrush, you can try using flavored toothpaste that tastes like chicken or beef. This can make the experience more enjoyable for your dog. Remember, using a toothbrush in circular motions is important rather than just placing it flat on the teeth. You can help keep your dog’s teeth healthy and strong for years with patience and practice.

Brush Their Teeth Gently

By following these simple and affordable steps for at-home dog dental cleanings, you can prioritize your pet’s oral health without straining your budget. Remember to choose the right timing when your dog is relaxed, and position yourself in a non-threatening manner to create a positive environment. Start slow and gentle, gradually introducing toothbrushing and evaluating their teeth and gums for any signs of concern. With patience and practice, you can maintain your dog’s healthy teeth and gums, ensuring their long-term dental well-being. Your furry friend will thank you with a happy, wagging tail and a bright, confident smile.

Dr. Ruth Roberts DVM, CVA

Dr. Ruth Roberts Holistiv Vet

Dr. Ruth Roberts is The Original Pet Health Coach, and has supported thousands of dogs and cats to overcome health hurdles like kidney disease, GI Illness, allergies and cancer. Her natural approach to healing creates a gentle yet effective path for your pet to take on their journey to wellbeing. Dr. Ruth created The Original CrockPet Diet, a balanced home cooked diet for pets, as the foundation of health. Dr. Ruth is now training passionate pet parents, and pet professionals to be Certified Holistic Pet Health Coaches so that more pets can be helped holistically.